Poisonous Death Cap Fungi on the Rise in Northern California

Family of dangerous Amanita phalloides, commonly known as the death cap

A poisonous mushroom known as the “Death Cap” has been proliferating in Northern California, causing at least 14 people to get severely ill after consuming the fungus. Poison control centers reported just 4 calls of mushroom poisonings in 2015, but that number jumped to 15 calls in 2016. Heavy winter rains caused the bumper crop of mushrooms, including the deadly Amanita phalloides [ful-OY-des], commonly referred to as the “Death Cap.” Three people who ate the ‘shroom required liver transplants, including an 18-month old girl who also suffered permanent neurological damage.