Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, June 23rd, 1997
Amanita phalloides may account for approximately 90 percent of deaths from mushroom ingestion worldwide, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (MMWR, vol. 46/no. 22, June 6, 1997). The phalloidin toxin produced by the fungus halts protein synthesis in the liver, which results in severe acute hepatitis. Mushrooms in this fungal genus commonly are called "destroying angels."
A. phalloides, like most mushrooms, is not unique in appearance and can be mistaken for nonpoisonous mushrooms. A. phalloides has no...
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