Caloocan, Philippines The Northern Police District (NPD) Director BGen. Ronaldo Ylagan announced on Friday the arrest of three citizens for manufacturing fake isopropyl alcohol. Along with the arrest of Bea Angela Acosta, 21, of Sta. Quiteria, Caloocan as well as Ronnel Almojuela, 24; and Christian Roa, 27, both from Valenzuela City, police confiscated P800,000 (approximately…

March 28, 2020 – Tehran, Iran Medical Professionals around the world have their hands full with the battle against coronavirus. In Iran, the Ministry of Health has issued a dire warning in response to a surge of patients caused by an age-old problem, methanol poisoning. Wary of State Media that at first hid the coronavirus…

Tel Aviv, Israel On August 15, 2019 the State of Israel Ministry of Health (The Ministry) issued a Press Release warning the public of dangerously high levels of methanol found in retail liquor offered for sale in supermarkets and kiosks throughout the Country. The most recent advisory issued by the Ministry of Health cited four…

Adana, Turkey Over the weekend of July 19-21, the 12th death this month in Adana from methanol poisoning was reported by news outlets. Over the past 30 days there have been 23 deaths throughout the nation related to methanol consumption. Under the administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a pious Muslim, alcohol taxes have risen…

San Jose, Costa Rica On July 5, 2019 the Ministry of Health issued its first warning concerning suspected cases of methanol poisonings in late June. In a Judicial filing released on July 12, 2019, The Ministry reported that they are investigating at least 8 deaths related to a methanol poisoning outbreak which includes the death…

Manila, Philippines As part of a series of lectures entitled, “Tox-Talks”, Dr. Chenery Ann E. Lim presented a lecture about methanol poisoning at Philippine General Hospital on July 4,2019. Dr. Lim is a program coordinator presently working with Oslo University Hospital and she has for a number of years worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors…

July 9, 2019 – Manila, Philippines Throughout the last week of June, social media accounts were citing two cases of methanol poisoning. The social posts that first called attention to the poisoning claimed that two young women who drank Cosmic Carabao Gin, manufactured by a licensed brewery, Juan Brew, was the cause of the poisoning.…

June 25, 2019 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The Malaysian Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced on June 22, 2019 that his officers were investigating reports of 19 cases of methanol poisoning over a ten-day period from June 11 through June 21. Following the protocols health care providers notified The National Crisis Preparedness…

Quảng Trị, Viet Nam – January 19, 2019 When 48-year-old Nguyen Van Nhat fell unconscious from methanol poisoning and was taken to Quảng Trị General Hospital the medical staff administered three cans of beer. Dr. Le Van Lam, the lead doctor at the Quảng Trị General Hospital Intensive Care Unit oversaw the unusual prescription as…

Manila, Philippines The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised citizens to consume only registered, certified Lambanóg from legal licensed distillers. The agency has documented 44 cases of methanol poisoning traced to Lambanóg since May. Among the 44 cases, 21 victims have died from methanol poisoning associated with Lambanóg. At the urging of licensed distillers,…

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