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‘Death Cap’ mushrooms behind Meghalaya deaths

 SHILLONG, May 9 - The poisonous mushroom that killed six people at a remote village in West Jaintia Hills district has been identified as Amanita phalloides, commonly known as the ‘Death Cap’, a senior official said today.

Six people, including a girl, of Lamin village along the India-Bangladesh border in Amlarem civil subdivision died after consuming wild mushrooms they collected from a nearby forest late last month.

The wild mushroom directly affects the liver, State Director of Health Services Dr Aman War said. – PTI

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