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Tainted Alcohol Kills 19 In Costa Rica


COSTA RICA — Nineteen people have died from consuming alcohol tainted with toxic levels of methanol in Costa Rica, where the Ministry of Health issued a national alert.

Fourteen men and five women ranging in age from 32 to 72 years old have died in several cities across the country since the beginning of June, the ministry said. The government has confiscated about 30,000 bottles of alcohol suspected to be tainted, affecting several brands.

The Ministry of Health advised against consuming alcohol from a number of brands because samples had tested positive for methanol adulteration. Adulterated liquor often contains methanol, which can make people feel inebriated.

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