11 Dead and 32 Hospitalized, Rice Wine Is Currently a Main Cause

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11 Dead and 32 Hospitalized, Rice Wine Is Currently a Main Cause

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:38 pm

11 Dead and 32 Hospitalized, Rice Wine Is Currently a Main Cause

11 villagers in Damnak Ampel and Kdol village, Teouk Pos district's Krang Sda commune, died while 32 other were sent for emergency assistance. Rice wine is currently believed to be the only main cause.

Local doctors are treating patients while at the same time other health department officials were deployed to the villages to educate people. In the mean time, officials and a provincial court's prosecutor went down to the village and collected all rice wine for testing at the department of health.

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Re: 11 Dead and 32 Hospitalized, Rice Wine Is Currently a Main Cause

Post by Username Taken » Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:49 pm

According to the headline the toll is rising. 13 dead and 62 sick.
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Re: 11 Dead and 32 Hospitalized, Rice Wine Is Currently a Main Cause

Post by newkidontheblock » Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:36 am

Is this the local stuff that's made at home and passed around during family gatherings?
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Re: 11 Dead and 32 Hospitalized, Rice Wine Is Currently a Main Cause

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:44 am

Tainted Rice Wine At Funerals Kills 13

BY BEN SOKHEAN | DECEMBER 9, 2016 | អានជាភាសាខ្មែរ

Thirteen people died and dozens more were hospitalized after drinking methanol-tainted rice wine during a series of funerals in a Kompong Chhnang provincial commune over the past month, officials said on Thursday.

full-story...https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/tain ... 13-121738/
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Re: 11 Dead and 32 Hospitalized, Rice Wine Is Currently a Main Cause

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:38 am

The death toll has risen to 15 as two men died at home after refusing hospital treatment, and the rice wine producer has been arrested. A total of 78 people have been affected and 40 are still in hospital.
newkidontheblock wrote:Is this the local stuff that's made at home and passed around during family gatherings?
It is made locally in the villages but you can find it for sale in certain shops. Of course there is no quality control. From time to time the authorities talk about regulating the production.There was a 'clampdown' and control on the sale of rice wine in Phnom Penh not so long ago, but effectively there is almost no control on small scale production, particularly in the countryside.
Cambodia and other countries in the region have struggled to regulate illicit rural rice wine producers who raise the alcohol content of their wine using methanol. Officials on Thursday said that the wine responsible for the latest batch of fatalities and illness consisted of up to 25 percent of the toxic liquid.
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Re: 11 Dead and 32 Hospitalized, Rice Wine Is Currently a Main Cause

Post by Luigi » Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:09 pm

I sampled a liquor cap of this crap two days ago. Horrible shit. Sold from a 40 ltr. jerry jug. A shop on the Hill.
If I ever go to another Khmer festival I will certainly stick with the warm beer & ice.
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Re: 11 Dead and 32 Hospitalized, Rice Wine Is Currently a Main Cause

Post by taabarang » Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:16 pm

"I sampled a liquor cap of this crap two days ago. Horrible shit. "

Yeah, even the nontoxic variety tastes like radiator fluid.
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Re: 11 Dead and 32 Hospitalized, Rice Wine Is Currently a Main Cause

Post by Anchor Moy » Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:35 pm

taabarang wrote:"I sampled a liquor cap of this crap two days ago. Horrible shit. "

Yeah, even the nontoxic variety tastes like radiator fluid.

The two latest victims died in their sleep at their homes early Friday after refusing medical treatment, Mr. Tiravuthy said.

“They refused to come and check their health at the hospital,” he said. “They claimed they were fine.”
Impossible to tell when you just feel normally shit from the rice wine, or if it's because it's a lethal batch. It tastes lethal even when it's not. Obviously even the usual drinkers can't tell the difference.

I used to drink local rice wine when it was offered, but the number of poisonings has put me off a bit.
However, all rice wine is not poisonous, and most people who drink it don't die. Statistically, it's more dangerous to drive a motorbike.
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Re: 11 Dead and 32 Hospitalized, Rice Wine Is Currently a Main Cause

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:01 am

Methanol rates high in deadly rice wine
Thu, 15 December 2016
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A ministry of Health press conference yesterday revealed that methanol levels in the rice wine that recently claimed the lives of 15 people and left 78 others hospitalised in Kampong Chhnang were significantly higher than the normal rate of 0.15 percent, with laboratory samples containing 0.2 percent to 1.47 percent of the toxic substance.

Officials are still analysing the methanol rates, said ministry spokesman Ly Sovann. “The patients and the villagers who died had the same symptoms,” he said. “They were poisoned by the methanol.” The first rice wine casualty occurred on November 3 in Domnak Ampil village and other deaths soon followed.

Only one suspect, 48-year-old Thann Ly, has so far been charged, according to Chun Dara, deputy police for economic crimes in Kampong Chhnang. Dara said Ly was charged last week for “distributing toxic substances”, adding no one else has been charged.
Five others, including two rice wine producers, one ingredient vendor and two wine vendors, were previously questioned and released...
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/m ... -rice-wine
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