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'Death Cap' (Amanita phalloides) Leaves One Dead
    #3426196 - 11/30/04 02:36 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

'Death Cap' Mushroom Leaves One Dead
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A dangerous type of mushroom growing wild in the Bay Area has left one person dead and three others seriously ill.

Alameda County Health officials say the victims picked the so-called "death cap" mushrooms over the holiday weekend somewhere in the Oakland Hills. All four were hospitalized two days later, and one died Monday afternoon.

The wet weather has produced an explosion of mushrooms, and health officials say you should never take a chance with the fungi.

"It's just taking unnecessary risks to harvest wild mushrooms for consumption when you don't know exactly what you are doing," said Dr. Anthony Iton of the Alameda County Health Department. "This is a devastating illness."

Despite frequent warnings about wild mushrooms, there have been more than 900 cases of mushroom poisoning reported statewide so far this year.

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Re: 'Death Cap' (Amanita phalloides) Leaves One Dead [Re: veggie]
    #3426304 - 11/30/04 03:01 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I'm not familiar with where this story was published, though I heard about a poisoning in Cali from a local recently; is this it?


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Re: 'Death Cap' (Amanita phalloides) Leaves One Dead [Re: blink]
    #3426490 - 11/30/04 03:45 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Yes, this was in California. The mushrooms were collected in Oakland Hills, which is about 20 minutes from San Francisco. 2 of the 4 people poisoned were Taiwanese.

It is very unfortunate but Death Cap poisoning happens every year and most often the people affected are Asian. The Death Cap is often confused with the Paddy-Straw (volvariella volvacea), an excellent edible, which grows in Southeast Asia. It's about the same size, has the same color, and even has the volva at it's base. But, the Amanita phalloides doesn't grow in SE Asia, so they don't recognize it as deadly.

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Re: 'Death Cap' (Amanita phalloides) Leaves One Dead [Re: veggie]
    #3426614 - 11/30/04 04:56 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

stupid people.


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Re: 'Death Cap' (Amanita phalloides) Leaves One Dead [Re: Super_Blunt]
    #3426813 - 11/30/04 07:19 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

they don't call it a death cap for nothing. another life claimed by this deadly mushroom :frown: what a shame.


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Re: 'Death Cap' (Amanita phalloides) Leaves One Dead [Re: Psilostylin]
    #3427068 - 11/30/04 10:52 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

what a sad coincidence..
it was a misid...


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Re: 'Death Cap' (Amanita phalloides) Leaves One Dead [Re: felixhigh]
    #3427292 - 11/30/04 12:15 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

that is really sad... a good warning to us though- Im not sure who said it but - "there are old shroomers and there are bold shroomers, but there are no old, bold shroomers."


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