19 people die in Costa Rica after drinking contaminated alcohol

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At least 19 people have died in Costa Rica after drinking alcohol tainted with toxic levels of methanol, local officials said Sunday.

According to CNN, more than 30,000 bottles of alcohol suspected to be contaminated have been confiscated by Costa Rica government.

Costa Rica Ministry of Health said those who died were 14 men and 5 women within the age range of 32 to 72. They died in June from what appeared to be methanol poisoning, local outlet the Tico Times reported.

The Health Ministry advised against drinking alcohol from a number of brands because samples had tested positive for methanol adulteration.

Affected brands include Guaro Montano, Guaro Gran Apache, Aguardiente Estrella, Aguardiente Barón Rojo, Aguardiente Timbuka and Molotov Aguardiente.

Adulterated liquor often contains methanol, which can make people feel intoxicated, CNN reported

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), trace amounts of methanol are common in fermented drinks, but higher concentrations, such as when methanol is deliberately added, can be deadly.

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