Yunnan is famous for its production and consumption of a wide variety of mushrooms - both wild and farmed. However, a spate of 400 mushroom-related deaths in Yunnan in the last 30 years remained a mystery until very recently. This innocent-looking white mushroom is now believed to be responsible. The lack of poisons in the body of autopsied victims baffled scientists for some time, but now it seems the cause of death is a rapid lowering of the blood sugar level with some people dying mid-sentence! With so many fungi on sale in the markets (most of them white) I just hope someone is checking to make sure they are selling the edible ones!
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