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Two die after eating poisonous death cap mushrooms in Australia

Four people were hospitalised after eating the fungi at a New Year’s Eve party last weekend.

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TWO PEOPLE who consumed toxic mushrooms at a New Year’s Eve party in Canberra, Australia have died.

Four people were hospitalised after eating the poisonous death cap mushrooms at the party and two passed away last night, the Canberra Times reports.

One person remains in hospital and another person has been released and is not expected to suffer any long-term effects from the poisoning.

According to Australia’s Department of the Environment, one cap mushroom contains enough poison to kill a healthy adult and warns that there is no way to remove the poison from the mushroom for safe consumption.

It also warns that the toxic mushrooms are easily confused with straw mushrooms found in south-east Asia which are safe to eat.

Death cap mushrooms are commonly found in the suburbs of Canberra, Melbourne and other parts of Victoria.

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