Sunday 19 September 2021

Guaro tainted with methanol claims 26th fatality in Costa Rica

Despite the warnings, the seizure of tainted product and store closings, cases, and deaths due to guaro tainted with methanol continue

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The poisoning by guaro tainted with methanol caused death number 26 in Costa Rica, confirmed the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health has closed a number stores selling the tainted prohibited throughout the country. Photo: Ministerio de Salud

Since the alert at the beginning of July, 19 men and seven women, aged between 32 and 72 years of age, have died after consuming the product.

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In total, hospitals have cared for 71 intoxicated people.

According to the most recent Health report, the last of the deaths due to this was recorded on August 1st.

Most of the deaths have been in San José, followed by Cartago, Limón and Guanacaste (3).

To date, about 65,000 bottles of guaro have been seized whose distribution and marketing are prohibited: Guaro Montano, Guaro Chonete, Guaro Cuerazo, Guaro Sacheto, Guaro Gran Apache, Brandy Red Star, Brandy Red Baron, Brandy Timbuka and Brandy Molotov.

Methanol is a type of non-drinkable alcohol (also known as wood alcohol and methyl alcohol) that is mostly used to make fuel, solvents and antifreeze.

It is a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid, and, unlike ethanol, it is toxic for human consumption.

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