Possible Death Cap mushroom poisoning

Released 26/04/2014

ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly has today advised that ACT Health is investigating three cases of possible Death Cap mushroom poisoning.

"Three patients from the same household have presented to Calvary Hospital in the last 48 hours with possible Death Cap mushroom poisoning. The three patients are currently in a stable condition.

Investigations are still ongoing as to the source of the Death Cap mushrooms, however the patients affected have claimed to have purchased mushrooms from Woolworths in Dickson, on or around the 17th of April 2014.

This appears to be an isolated incident and there have been no other recent reports of Death Cap mushroom poisoning in the ACT.

Symptoms of Death Cap mushroom poisoning include stomach aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Symptoms generally appear 6-24 hours after ingesting the mushrooms.

As a precaution, ACT Health is advising people who are displaying symptoms of stomach aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea and who purchased and ate mushrooms from Woolworths in Dickson on or around the 17th of April to seek immediate medical attention. If people still have mushrooms that were purchased from Woolworths Dickson around this time they are recommended to discard them.

People are reminded not to pick and eat any wild mushrooms. It can be extremely difficult for even experienced collectors to distinguish Death Cap mushrooms from other edible mushrooms," Dr Kelly said.

ACT Health and Woolworths will continue to work closely together to investigate this matter.

Further information on Death Cap mushrooms is available via: http://www.health.act.gov.au/publications/fact-sheets/death-cap-mushrooms

A list of after-hours medical services in the ACT is available via: http://www.afterhoursact.com.au/

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