Incubation : long term, through accumulation

The poisoning is caused by Claviceps purpurea, a parasite of the heads of wild and cultivated cereals (rye, corn, etc.) and other closely related species. Ergotism is also from the Middle-ages as "holy fire" and "Saint Anthony's fire".

Toxic compounds involved :  various alkaloids.

Signs of intoxication :

Responsible species : Claviceps purpurea.

Other intoxications by mushrooms

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