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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 11, 2017

Toxic Mushrooms in California

JAMA. 2017;318(2):117. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.7990

Heavy rainfall that quenched California’s historic drought helped to usher in another health threat: a bounty of “death cap” mushrooms that sickened more than a dozen people, including an 18-month-old girl who sustained permanent neurological damage after developing irreversible liver failure and undergoing a liver transplant.

During a 2-week period last December, the California Poison Control System (CPCS) received 14 reports of mushroom poisoning linked with an unusually large bloom of Amanita phalloides mushrooms in the San Francisco Bay area. In recent years, the CPCS had received only a few annual reports of mushroom poisoning.

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