- Title: Patients in stable condition after drinking coconut wine in the Philippines
- Date: 23rd December 2019
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (DECEMBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS) PATIENTS SITTING ALONG HOSPITAL HALLWAY PATIENTS' HANDS PATIENTS SITTING ALONG HOSPITAL HALLWAY MEDICAL PERSONNEL CHECKING INTRAVENOUS FLUID VARIOUS OF BOARD DISPLAYING PATIENT FIGURES AND TIME STAMP PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL SPOKESPERSON, JONAS DEL ROSARIO, TAKING SEAT DURING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL SPOKESPERSON JONAS DEL ROSARIO, SAYING: "They are in a stable condition. In fact, some of them have already been sent to the ward (for recovery)." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL SPOKESPERSON, JONAS DEL ROSARIO, SAYING "It's methanol poisoning. Those are the signs and symptoms of methanol toxicity. It's been confirmed and we have spoken to Mayor Munoz, and confirmed that these patients had ingested lambanog (coconut wine)." VARIOUS EXTERIOR OF PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL VARIOUS OF PARKED AMBULANCE
- Embargoed: 6th January 2020 08:27
- Keywords: coconut wine hospital methanol news conference patients poisoning
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001BB72UYV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A Philippine hospital official on Monday (December 23) said majority of the patients who were admitted at a hospital after drinking coconut wine were in stable condition.
At least 11 people have been killed and more than 300 were being treated in hospital after drinking lambanog, a drink popular in provinces and consumed widely during holidays and celebrations. The poisoning occurred in Laguna and Quezon, south of Manila.
Jonas Del Rosario, spokesperson for the Philippine General Hospital told a news conference that over 165 patients they have treated were in stable condition and confirmed that they all suffered methanol poisoning.
Unregulated production and sales of lambanog are common in the Philippines, and it is often made illegally with dangerous additives.
The country's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has previously warned about the dangerous and prohibited use of methanol as an additive in home brews.
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