TRENTON - State officials are warning people around New Jersey not to eat wild mushrooms.

Authorities say there's no easy way to tell the difference between poisonous and harmless mushrooms.

The state's Poison Information and Education System says two people were hospitalized in Hudson County in addition to one in Monmouth County and one in Ocean County after eating what they thought were edible mushrooms. Officials say the recent rainfall spawned a bumper crop of mushrooms in the Garden State.

Physicians say that even a few bites can cause serious damage to internal organs.

24-Hour NJ Poison Hotline: 1-800-222-1222