Amanita muscaria

Kenneth W Cochran kwcee at
Fri Oct 15 16:27:55 EST 1999

Concerning poisoning from Amanita muscaria, the Mushroom Poisoning Case
Registry has received reports involving 72 human cases with good or
probable identifications and single species; 61 in adults.  The only
death was an adult male, described as a "habitual mushroom eater, found
dead in tent- cold weather may have contributed to death  [Michigan's
northern lower peninsula in October]...gastric contentsT300 grams
appeared to be mostly mushroomTnegative toxicity screen."  Cats seem to
be attracted to A. muscaria, fatally so in 3 of 8 reported cases.
The Registry <>invites reports of mushroom
poisonings  The cases need not be recent, as long as one is certain
enough of the data to complete the report.
Kenneth W. Cochran, Chair, NAMA Toxicology Committee
On Thu, 14 Oct 1999
David.P.Cahill at HealthPartners.Com wrote:

> I have seen contradictory reports all over the internet about Amanita
> muscaria, some say that  several deaths have been attributed to this
> mushroom, other say that it is harmless other then the hallucinogenic
> effects.  No site seems to site it's source.  I have been searching for a
> long while to validate which claim is the truth.  To date I have not been
> able to.  All of the fatalities I have seen, cite actual citations, have
> been from people thinking they were eating Amanita muscaria and actually
> eating Amanita virosa or Amanita phalloides.  If you could be of help I
> would appreciate it .
> -Dave

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