Two Men Sickened By Wild Mushrooms | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Two Men Sickened By Wild Mushrooms

Play associated audio
 
The fact that a Frederick, Md. man was poisoned by "destroying angel" mushrooms, shown here, has led health officials to warn against eating fungus found in the wild.
Kathie Hodge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cornellfungi/472539114/)
  The fact that a Frederick, Md. man was poisoned by "destroying angel" mushrooms, shown here, has led health officials to warn against eating fungus found in the wild.

Wild mushrooms are sprouting up everywhere after all the wet weather recently, and doctors at Georgetown University are warning against eating them after two men became ill.

There have been two separate cases of mushroom poisoning in the past two weeks. In Springfield, Va., Frank Constantinopla and his wife picked mushrooms to cook in a stir fry. Within hours of eating the fungi known as "death cap" mushrooms, they felt sick, according to Associated Press. His symptoms were worse, and within days, he was suffering from the early stages of liver failure. 

One week later, a retired farmer from Frederick, Md. fell ill with mushroom toxicity. (He had eaten another poisonous mushroom known as the 'destroying angel,' according to a GU statement.) Doctors at Georgetown were able to administer both men a drug that's currently still in clinical trials, and they are now recovering.

Health officials say people should buy their mushrooms from legitimate farms or grocery stores.

NPR

Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

Spending on the Kentucky Senate race might reach $100 million. So what else could that get you in the Bluegrass State? NPR's Tamara Keith finds out when she calls up some local business owners.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.