CASSAVA SAFETY IN TIMES OF WAR AND DROUGHT IN MOZAMBIQUE
Since 1981, further konzo outbreaks have occurred during war and drought in cassava-staple districts. In Murrupula, sporadic cases and small outbreaks were reported from 1982–92. In 1988, 171 cases were notified in Namapa and Erati. Large epidemics occurred in war-devastated Mogincual in 1992 and 1993.
We have seen three outbreaks of acute intoxication following occasional cassava meals in non-cassava staple areas during periods of drought. They were associated with consumption of newly introduced bitter cassava to communities with no local knowledge of processing methods.