The Costa Rica Ministry of Health reports the first two cases of methanol poisoning of 2022 in men from San José and Heredia, both who died last month.
Last year, Costa Rica saw 48 suspected cases of methanol poisoning, of which 21 died. The deaths are 17 men and four women with an age range of 25 to 76 years, three from San José, five from Guanacaste, three from Heredia, one from Cartago and nine from Alajuela.
Likewise, during 2021, a total of 514 establishments were inspected in follow-up to the investigations of possible multi-purpose beverages and alcohols adulterated with methanol, in which 11,991 products were seized, 3,226 containers were retained and a total of 855 containers of alcoholic beverages and alcohols were sampled. multi-purpose In addition, 94 incidents entered through 9-1-1, related to possible adulterated drinks or alcohol, have been followed up.
The health alert issued for products adulterated with methanol remains in force for those with labels alluding to “Guaro Chonete”, “Guaro Cuerazo”, “Guaro Sacheto”, “Guaro Gran Apache”, “Aguardiente Estrella Roja”, “Guaro Montano”, “Red Baron Aguardiente”, “Timbuka Aguardiente”, “Molotov Aguardiente”, “Guaro Fiesta Blanca”, to which are added the multipurpose alcohols “Wash &CO Multipurpose Alcohol 80%”, “Multipurpose Alcohol 80%” (repackaged by Matrix Cleaner Deluxe), “BDS distributor multipurpose alcohol” and the incorporation of “Brisas del Valle Multipurpose Alcohol” at 80%”.