Number of methanol fatalities reaches 37
The number of fatalities in the Czech Republic from poisoned alcohol – related to an outbreak which began in mid-September – has reached 37. The spate of poisonings in the country, largely in Silesia and Moravia, began after bootleg liquor containing lethal levels of methanol was released onto the market. Doctors confirmed that the latest patient to die was a man in his 50s who had been hospitalised in Brno. Officials have repeatedly appealed to Czechs not to drink hard alcohol of unknown origin (meaning bottles produced this year lacking newly-issued excise stamps).