04 Jan '12, 2am

Two die in Australia from Death Cap mushrooms

Two die in Australia from Death Cap mushrooms

SYDNEY: Two people have died in Australia while a third remains in hospital after eating poisonous Death Cap mushrooms, a Sydney hospital said Wednesday. Four people were initially hospitalised after eating the fungi, unaware of its deadly properties, reportedly at a New Year's Eve dinner party in Canberra. One recovered and was released from a Canberra hospital but the other three were transferred to Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) for treatment. "Two people at RPA have passed away. The third, however, is still receiving treatment," a spokeswoman for the hospital said Wednesday. The hospital said it would not be releasing any details about the patients or their treatments out of respect for their privacy, but state media reported that the victims had been awaiting liver transplants. It is believed that the deadly poisonous mushrooms were mistaken for an edible...

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