Contaminated beers leaves 67 dead in Moz

By Drum Digital
12 January 2015

Three days of national mourning were underway in Mozambique on Monday after 67 people died as a result of drinking contaminated beer at a funeral over the weekend.

Hospital sources said the traditional beer made from maize may have been poisoned with crocodile bile.

Guests at a funeral started getting sick at a local bar after the ceremony in Chitima in central Cahora Bassa district early Saturday.

The fatalities included the bar owner, who had brewed the beer, her two children, and a local official.

More than 100 people remained in treatment at a local hospital.

Most of those killed also remained at the hospital as the morgue in Cahora Bassa only had the capacity for two bodies.

Health Minister Alexandre Manguele said victims' blood and samples of the contaminated beer had been sent to the capital Maputo for testing.

Mozambique was considering the possibility of asking South Africa to help determine the cause of the deaths, officials said.

Source : Sapa-dpa

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