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'Death cap' mushroom sends Victoria forager to hospital

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    'Death cap' mushroom sends Victoria forager to hospital

    A Victoria mushroom picker is seriously ill after eating one of the world’s most deadly fungi. The forager picked the ‘death cap’ — or Amanita phalloides mushroom — in a Victoria yard a few days ago, according to Island Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Stanwick.

    The unidentified person was admitted to Victoria Hospital but was subsequently transferred to Edmonton for additional treatment.

    “They’re not called death caps for nothing,” said Stanwick. “This is not a mushroom that is indigenous and I think a lot of people are unaware this potential [danger] is out there.”



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