Poisonous Death Cap Mushrooms To Spread Throughout BC

Amanita phalloides mushroom / poisonous death cap mushroom

Poisonous death cap mushrooms, the deadliest in the world, will be growing in BC in a few months.

Doctors are now learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of poisonings.

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Poisonous Death Cap Mushrooms

These mushrooms, also known as Amanita phalloides, appeared in BC by living on the roots of European trees such as chestnut and oaks. However, now they grow under older trees, native to BC.

With the poisonous death cap mushrooms expanding their growth in BC, pets, children and foragers are at serious risk.

The BC Centre for Disease Control is already aware of up to six cases where people have been exposed to the mushrooms. One of those cases was fatal.  

Doctors are being educated on the signs and symptoms of poisonings which include, cramping, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and dehydration.

These mushrooms usually grow from June to November and can be mistaken for mushrooms that are safe to eat.

Poisonous death cap mushrooms are expected to grow in heavily populated areas of BC, including parks and cities.

If you feel as if you’ve come into contact with a death cap mushroom, call the 24-hour Drug and Poison Information Centre at 604-682-5050.

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