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19 Deaths in Costa Rica Tied to Tainted Alcohol, Officials Say

Nineteen people in Costa Rica died from tainted alcohol over the past two months, according to health officials, who have issued a national alert and confiscated around 30,000 bottles of alcohol.

The deaths in June and July span the country, and most likely were caused by methanol poisoning, according to a statement the country’s health ministry issued on Friday. At least six brands of high alcohol content liquors are known to have been confiscated.

At least four people were treated for methanol poisoning in a hospital in San Jose, the capital, and suffered from irreversible blindness…

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