Eight people, along with a toddler, die whilst collecting Himalayan viagra in Nepal

Eight people, along with a toddler, die whilst collecting Himalayan viagra in Nepal
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A minimum of eight people died whilst collecting rare medicinal fungus Yarsagumba, popularly called the Himalayan viagra, in Nepal’s Dolpa region, police declared here Thursday.

Famous for its aphrodisiac properties, Yarsagumba is just found in the Himalayan mountains above 10, 000 feet.

A minimum of eight people died in the last one week whilst collecting the unique caterpillar-fungus fusion. While five pluckers died of altitude illness, two fell off a cliff while plucking the very expensive fungus, police declared.

A toddler associated his mother, who was collecting the herb, also died due to altitude sickness, they declared.

Each summer, people come from miles around to look for the valuable crop, which sells more than USD 100 a gram across Asia and the US.

The local authorities have set up health camps at numerous places for facilitating the Yarsagumba collectors. Over a dozen pluckers are receiving treatment in these health camps, officials declared.

Yarsagumba is a unique caterpillar-fungus fusion that happens when parasitic mushroom spores infect and mummify a ghost moth larva living in the soil.

There are more than 70 highland meadows opened up for Yarsagumba pickers in Dolpa region, situated 600 km north-west of Kathmandu.

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