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Costa Rican Officials Issue Health Alert After 19 People Die From Drinking Tainted Alcohol

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Costa Rican Officials Issue Health Alert After 19 People Die From Drinking Tainted Alcohol

The Health Ministry of Costa Rica issued a health advisory after nineteen people have died from consuming tainted alcohol wine since the beginning of June.

According to USA TODAY, the tainted alcohol contained toxic levels of methanol and caused the deaths of fourteen men and five women in several cities. The deceased’s ages ranges from 32 to 72 years old. Several brands of alcohol were seized after a test revealed that the samples contained dangerous levels of methanol adulteration.

The chemical can cause dizziness, confusion, headaches, drowsiness, and limited muscle movements.

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Over 30,000 bottles of liquor were confiscated by the government including brands such as Guaro Montano, Guaro Gran Apache, Aguardiente Estrella, Aguardiente Barón Rojo, Aguardiente Timbuka and Molotov Aguardiente.  The Health Ministry warned that consumers should not drink liquor made by the listed brands and vendors could be prosecuted for distribution.

It was reported by the World Health Organization that 154 people have died from consuming alcohol containing methanol.

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Additionally, the victims may have consumed an “un-regulated moonshine” and says small amounts can be toxic.

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