CHP investigates suspected food poisoning case related to wild mushrooms

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (October 14) investigating a suspected case of food poisoning related to the consumption of wild mushrooms, and urged the public not to collect and eat wild mushrooms from parks or the countryside.

     The case involves a 48-year-old woman who has developed gastrointestinal symptoms including abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea about two hours after consuming mushrooms at home yesterday (October 13). She was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital yesterday and she is in stable condition.

     Initial investigations revealed that the patient had consumed wild mushrooms picked from the roadside in Tsing Yi. The CHP's investigation is ongoing.

     "Members of the public should not pick wild mushrooms for consumption as it is difficult to distinguish edible mushroom species from inedible ones," a spokesman for the CHP said.

Ends/Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Issued at HKT 15:29