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Mushrooms Kill Four People in California

Posted on Nov 28, 2012
Shannon Kringen (CC-BY-SA)

Consider this a public service announcement: In the state of California alone, from 2009 to 2010, 1,700 people suffered from what the BBC calls “mushroom-related illnesses.” Sadly, people sometimes die, as has just happened at a Northern California retirement home, from mistakenly eating poisonous mushrooms that resemble the edible variety.

BBC:

A fourth person has died after eating soup made with poisonous mushrooms at a retirement home in northern California, local officials say.

Three people from the Gold Age Villa home in the town of Loomis had already died after being taken ill on 8 November.

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