Cortinarius rubellus poisoning in England

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Cortinarius rubellus poisoning in England

Postby GeoffDann » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:43 am

Just in case anybody is interested, there is news circulating on social media of a case of an English forager who ate C. rubellus two days ago having believed it was a wood blewit. Claimed to know his fungi, and only avoided poisoning his sister because she rejected the fungi due to insect grub infestation. Victim is currently in hospital on dialysis, prognosis uncertain.
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Re: Cortinarius rubellus poisoning in England

Postby Mal Greaves » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:59 pm

There are other Cortinarius that look far more like a Blewit than S rubellus.
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Re: Cortinarius rubellus poisoning in England

Postby GeoffDann » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:33 pm

Mal Greaves wrote:There are other Cortinarius that look far more like a Blewit than S rubellus.


Indeed. But they aren't as poisonous.

I got the relationships wrong. This is being reported by the sister of the victim's friend, and she is very specifically saying that the fungus involved is rubellus. Her sister (the victim's friend) was also offered some fungi, and they were declined because they were maggot-infested, and the hospital has confirmed the ID of the fungi, presumably from these maggot-infested rejects.

*Mushroom poisoning update*
The fungi ingested were deadly webcaps (cortinarius rubellus). The unfortunate (or, perhaps, fortunate) patient is stable, still on dialysis, and is being transferred to a specialist renal unit where they will decide on a long-term treatment plan. Nobody is sure whether he will suffer permanent damage, but hopefully they can fix him, though he might require regular dialysis. He was told, had it been left even one more day, he would have died of kidney failure. On the day the ambulance came to him, the uric acid in his legs had rendered him incapable of moving them at all, and he had to drag himself down two flights of stairs to the phone (he's a school caretaker who lives alone in the school). He has said he may now give up foraging for fungi...


The fungi were collected on Dartmoor. That is all I know.
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