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An Episode of Food Poisoning Attributed to Imported Mushrooms

Ann Intern Med. 1966;64(2):372-377. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-64-2-372
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Food poisoning due to mushrooms is infrequently reported in the United States. The classification "deaths due to accidental poisoning by noxious food stuffs"* includes mushroom poisoning. No more than 8 to 12 such deaths have been reported annually in the United States in the last decade. Yet, smaller or larger outbreaks are presumably more common than is indicated by published reports. The incident described herein should serve to add to the knowledge of individual symptoms and epidemiologic characteristics. The senior author, a participant and a victim of the outbreak, feels that a similar incident could have gone unnoticed in another


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