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Two Dead, Four Sickened by Wild Mushrooms


Soup made with wild mushrooms is to blame for the deaths of two Loomis seniors, Placer County Sheriff’s say.

A caregiver at the Gold Age Villa is said to have harvested the mushrooms.

Deputies were called to the care home along Horseshoe Bar Road around 10 a.m. Friday. Apparently, the caregiver used the mushrooms in a soup, not knowing that they were poisonous.

Barbara Lopes, 86, and Teresa Olesniewicz, 73, are the two residents who are said to have died. Four others, including the caregiver, were also sickened.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.