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Mushroom Poisonings


30 May 2016 : Dr. Amnuay Gajeena, Director-General, Department of Disease Control, warns people to be well aware of collecting and eating wild mushrooms. In rainy season, there are a number of reported cases and deaths of mushroom poisonings, particularly, in the northern and the northeastern regions of the country. In 2015, 1,316 cases including 10 deaths were notified by the Bureau of Epidemiology. 75% of the cases occurred in rainy season between June and September. Top 5 highest morbidity rates were in Yasothorn, Ubon Ratchathani, Loei, Srisaket, and Phang Nga provinces.  From 1 January to 14 May 2016, there were 65 cases with zero death. Most cases were adults and involved in agricultural sector. Ingestion of poisonous mushrooms may cause slight gastrointestinal upset to death. Many toxic mushrooms look much alike edible ones, thus, often lead to misidentification. Unless you are an absolute expert on mushrooms, you should not intend to collect wild mushrooms or prepare them for food. Besides, avoid eating mushrooms with alcoholic beverages because alcohol may spread the toxicity and increase severity. For further information, please call DDC Hotline 1422.

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