Death toll hits 69 in Mozambique beer poisoning

2015-01-12 14:42

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Maputo - Authorities in Mozambique say the number of people who died after drinking contaminated traditional beer has risen to 69.

Provincial health director, Paula Bernardo, told Radio Mozambique on Monday that 196 people have been admitted to hospitals in the north-eastern Tete province.

On Sunday evening district health officials said 56 people had died and 49 were hospitalised after drinking the beer at a funeral on Saturday.

Pombe, a traditional Mozambican beer, is made from millet or corn flour. The exact source of the contamination is still unknown, but authorities believe the drink was poisoned with crocodile bile during the course of the funeral.

Blood and traditional beer samples were sent to the capital Maputo to be tested, said provincial health director Carle Mosse.

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