Deaths blamed on methanol

A compound with beer bottle boxes in Ruai, Nairobi. The deaths have been blamed on methanol in the drinks. PHOTO | DENISH OCHIENG

What you need to know:

  • Five bottles of “Countryman” from Makueni contained methanol, which is never used in the manufacture of alcoholic beverages
  • Methanol is a type of alcohol used in industries, but which is unfit for human consumption

Seventy six Kenyans are believed to be dead and another 181 admitted to hospital after taking an industrial chemical, methanol.

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