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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

36 Mushroom Deaths

MOSCOW -- Poisonous mushrooms killed six people over the previous 24 hours in one southern region, emergency officials said.

A total of 36 people have been killed by toxic mushrooms in the Voronezh region this month, including five children, Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Alexander Zalyotov said.

More than 200 others have fallen ill from eating bad mushrooms in Voronezh, 475 kilometers south of Moscow. Mushroom sales have been banned at local markets and police patrol the forests for mushroom pickers.