Costa Rica Put on Alert As 19 Die in Alcohol Poisoning

Authorities have warned people in Costa Rica against drinking several brands of alcohol after 19 people have died from methanol-tainted liquor, according to AFP.

A total of 34 people have been confirmed to have been sickened by the tainted alcohol. The 19 deaths include 14 men and five women, ages 32 to 72. The deaths have all come since June.

Authorities have confiscated 30,000 bottles of alcohol and are working to determine just how widespread the issue is.

“The doctored alcohol contained between 30 to 50 percent methanol, according to Donald Corella, head of emergency services at Calderon Guardia Hospital in San Jose.”

Those who were poisoned but have survived have suffered effects, including blindness and brain lesions.

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