Deaths by drinking methanol increase to 15 in Ecuador

November 1, 2017

The number of deaths in Ecuador from a spate of methanol (industrial alcohol) consumption has risen to 15, with 21 other people under observation, the Ministry of Public Health announced Monday.

The first nine deaths occurred on last Thursday in Quito, when health authorities received an alert about suspected intoxications. Since then, the number has continued to rise.

The police have been carrying out raids and operations to find establishments selling alcohol without a license, leading to five arrests so far, according to an Interior Ministry statement.

On Friday, the prosecutor-general charged two people, who had supplied the methanol, with homicide and contaminating substances destined for human consumption.

The police have seized over 4,000 litres of illegal alcohol over 937 raids on shops and businesses, with 19 having been shut down and 123 charged with illicit alcohol found on the premises.




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