People die after eating mushrooms – level 3

21-08-2023 07:00

Australian authorities are investigating the deaths of three people and the critical illness of another after consuming wild mushrooms during a family lunch.

Homicide detectives are probing the incident, which occurred on July 29. Erin Patterson, the woman who prepared the meal, is considered a significant suspect, even though she wasn’t affected by the poisoning herself. In a statement, Erin expressed her distress and regret over the deaths and revealed that she had also fallen ill from the same dish she served. The mushrooms used in the meal were a mixture of button mushrooms purchased from a supermarket and dried mushrooms from an Asian grocery store.

The police are uncertain about the type of mushrooms consumed but suspect it might be the lethal death cap variety. The investigation continues, with authorities maintaining an open perspective.

Difficult words: homicide (murder), distress (extreme anxiety or pain), lethal (poisonous), death cap (the deadliest known mushroom).

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