By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the methanol poisoning situation in Costa Rica, the Health Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health now reports  72 suspected cases of methanol poisoning, 35 of which have died.

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The deaths are of 31 men and four women with an age range of 23 to 75 years, of which 20 are from San José, three from Alajuela, five from Cartago, one in Heredia, two in Puntarenas and four are under investigation. .

To date, a total of 522 establishments have been inspected in follow-up to the investigations of possible beverages adulterated with methanol. In total, 16,339 products have been seized, 12,398 containers have been retained and a total of 664 containers of alcoholic beverages sampled. In addition, 96 incidents related to possible adulterated alcoholic beverages have been followed up, reported through 9-1-1.

The population is reminded that the health alert issued for the sale of products adulterated with methanol is still in force with labels referring to “Guaro Chonete”, “Guaro Cuerazo”, “Guaro Sacheto”, “Guaro Gran Apache”, “Red Star Aguardiente” , “Guaro Montano”, “Barón Rojo Aguardiente”, “Timbuka Aguardiente”, “Molotov Aguardiente” and “Guaro Fiesta Blanca”.