The death of a 60-year-old man has raised this Friday to 18 the number of deaths in Honduras for consuming adulterated alcohol during the last week, an official source reported.
The latest victim, identified as Elio Esmeraldo Bueso, has died at the Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in San Pedro Sula, in the north of the country, the hospital spokeswoman, Julia Sánchez, has confirmed to journalists
Bueso is one of the 25 people who have received medical attention since October 24 at the Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital for the alcohol poisoning, which occurred in several municipalities in the department of Cortés, in the north of the country.
Patients have presented symptoms such as vomiting, abdominal pain, low blood pressure, loss of vision and consciousness.
Twelve of the deaths are reported in the municipality of Choloma, five in San Pedro Sula, the second most important city in the country, and another in San Manuel, according to the Honduran authorities.
The Honduran health authorities initiated an investigation into the event and have visited the establishments in which they were supposedly issued thedrinks.
The Alcohol under suspicion is Domino brandy, made in San Pedro Sula, and according to the investigations, the victims bought the adulterated liquor in establishments that operated clandestinely.
According to preliminary reports, liquor would have been adulterated with industrial-type alcohol, used to make thinner, paints and other products.
The Ministry of Health has formed a “multidisciplinary team” of research experts from outbreaks of alcohol intoxication to monitor the case jointly with the departmental region of Cortés and the municipal authorities.
Police and judicial authorities seized several boxes of clandestine liquor on Tuesday valued at more than 1,100 dollars, to analyze it in a laboratory.
For their part, the health authorities declared yesterday “their deep sorrow “for the death of several Hondurans due to alcoholic beverage intoxication.
The Honduran institution recommended to the population that refrain from consuming Domino brandy to “ensure the protection and care of people’s health.”
“Likewise, we will proceed as a priority to updating the clinical management of intoxication by adulterated alcohol and we will review the protocols that exist to this effect with doctors who are experts in toxicology in the country, “emphasized the Ministry of Health.