Mushroom foragers warned amid jump in poisonings in Australia

Posted by on May 13, 2020 1:12 am
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Health authorities across the country are urging Australians not to eat wild mushrooms as favourable growing conditions and coronavirus lockdowns lead to a rise in people attending hospital after eating potentially deadly fungi.

Poison information line experts are reporting their busiest period in decades, including inquiries from perplexed emergency room doctors, with Victorian authorities recording eight hospital admissions among foragers who have ingested toxic mushrooms in the past two weeks.

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