Cuban ‘rum’ kills seven in Havana

July 31, 2013 | By | Reply More

July 01, – The toxic liquid was stolen from a government department and sold as traditional Cuban rum, according to reports read on state television. Seven people have died in Cuba after drinking illegal alcohol, the public health ministry has said.

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At least 40 others have been admitted to hospital in the capital, Havana, and several remain in a serious condition.

The victims suffered symptoms of poisoning by methanol, which is commonly used as a solvent or fuel.

Illegal methyl alcohol, also known as wood alcohol, is highly toxic and can lead to nausea, headaches and blindness. The authorities called on anyone suffering symptoms to come forward for urgent medical treatment.

Two employees from the Cuban Institute of Pharmacy and Food are being investigated, state TV said.

The seven people who died were aged between 37 and 58 and lived in the La Lisa district of Havana.

Press Journalist for HRO media – contributed to this report.





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