El Salvador probes apparent alcohol-poisoning deaths
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Salvadoran prosecutors announced
Wednesday that they are investigating the deaths of five farmers who died
after apparently drinking methanol-laced liquor.
The five men died in early October in Sonsonate, a province in southern
Salvador, prosecutor Carlos Fuentes told a news conference.
Evidence indicates the men drank a sugarcane liquor known as aguardiente
been contaminated with methanol, a poisonous substance normally used as an
antifreeze in cars.
The deaths brought the national death toll from methanol-laced drinks to
20 so far
in 2001. The previous year, contaminated liquor caused a wave of over 100 deaths
in rural El Salvador.
Those that have survived the poison are often left permanently blind by its effects.
Copyright 2001 The Associated Press.