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Ten die after eating wld mushrooms in Nepal July 25, 2005 - hindu.com
Kathmandu (AP): At least 10 people, including five members of a family, died after eating poisonous mushrooms in a southwestern Nepal town, officials said Monday.
The dead had all eaten wild mushrooms on Saturday picked from a forest in Tansen, a town 280 kilometers southwest of the capital, Kathmandu, the officials said. Four people died on Saturday and six others on Sunday, they said.
Another 12 people have been admitted in hospital, including one in serious condition, they said. Police were investigating how the mushrooms had been picked and consumed, the officials said.
Local authorities used loudspeakers to warn people not to eat wild mushrooms, they said.
Twelve people who died in Palpa last month were victims of poisoning caused by Amanita Mushrooms, experts said.
According to a report of biologists and botanists issued after visiting the site, the poisoning happened after consumption of a mixture of mushrooms collected in the local Katus-Chilaune (Castanopsis indica and Schima wallichii) forests in Tansen, headquarters of Palpa.
The forests at Tansen contained a large diversity of wild mushrooms including some very poisonous species of Amanita, they said.
After consuming poisonous mushrooms, twelve persons died and 40 others were hospitalized in Tansen Mission Hospital last month. Of the deceased, five were members of a family.
Amanita mushrooms are large ones with slender stipe and a cap with brown, green or reddish colours. The under surface of the cap is covered by white lamella and the whole mushroom is covered by a skin-like veil in the young stage which remains as a volva near the base of the mushroom when it matures, the report jointly prepared by Morten Christensen, Shiva Devkota and Sanjeeb Bhattarai said.
Christensen is a Biologist (Mycologist) and a PhD-student at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark while Devkota is a botanist from Tribhuvan University and Bhattarai is a forester, ComForM project at the institute of forestry in Pokhara.
Recommending people not to consume mushrooms they cannot identify, the experts have also suggested people to immediately visit a doctor in case of illness after consuming mushrooms.
According to them, initial symptoms of an amanita poisoning are vomiting, diarrhea and headache often followed by some improvement in patient's condition.