Acute aflatoxicosis in feeder pigs, resulting from improper storage of corn.

Author: 

Coppock RW, Reynolds RD, Buck WB, Jacobsen BJ, Ross SC, Mostrom MS.
J Am Vet Med Assoc 1989 Nov 15;195(10):1380-1

Abstract: 

Aflatoxicosis was diagnosed in 600 feeder pigs, of which 400 died, 150 were destroyed, and 50 were marketed. The pigs were exposed to 2,500 to 3,500 micrograms of aflatoxins/kg of feed. Drought-stressed damaged corn infected with Aspergillus flavus was stored under ambient conditions in a glass-lined silo, and this storage environment provided conditions that favored rapid fungal growth and mycotoxin production.