Sep 30, 2018, 3:33 PM
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Bootleg alcohol poisons 302 Iranians; 27 die

Tehran, Sept 30, IRNA- Spokesman for Iran's Emergency Department said the number of people poisoned by bootleg alcohol in the country in recent days has jumped to 302, with 27 people losing their lives.

In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Sunday, Mojtaba Khaledi said 302 people have been poisoned by bootleg alcohol, 27 of which have died so far.

Sixteen of the victims were from the southern Hormuzgan Province, four from the central Alborz Province and four others from the North Khorasan Province in north eastern Iran.

Also, three people in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province in the south-west of the country lost their lives due to brain death.

Khaledi added 229 people are confined to beds in hospitals and treatment centers, with 15 of them in intensive care units.

Forty people have been treated and discharged.

He urged people to immediately refer to treatment centers in case they experience symptoms such as nausea, headache and double vision.

Any delay can lead to irreparable health problems such as blindness, kidney problems, brain death and death, he added.

Drinking alcohol is banned in Iran and punishable by floggings and cash fines.

Yet, some Iranians drink homemade alcoholic beverages which are available at a low price.

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