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01/09/2008 Woman Dies From Mushroom Poisoning A 50 year old Swedish woman died last week after mistaking a toxic Amanita mushroom for a non-toxic edible mushroom.

Recently, a New Zealand father and son almost died after ingestion of an Amanita species; the father requiring a liver transplant.

Amanita species contain amatoxin, a highly toxic compound, which causes liver and kidney failure. Even very tiny amounts can be fatal. Click here for more information on poisonous mushrooms.
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