About 19 people have died and others receiving treatment, following a series of suspected alcohol poisoning in Malaysia, authorities said on Wednesday.
More than 50 cases were reported in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and the neighbouring state, Selangor . Police in Selangor said seven suspects, who are operators and shop workers selling alcohol, were arrested. It also said 1,030 bottles of whisky and 1,767 cans of beer was seized in a series of raids.
An earlier statement by the health ministry said three of those affected are Malaysians, while 48 of are foreigners from Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh and India. The ministry confirmed that about 19 have died and some are in critical condition.
Most of the victims reportedly showed early signs of methanol poisoning, including stomachaches, nausea, vomiting, headaches and blurred vision. Other are said to develop shortness of breath, cramps and sudden unconsciousness.
They had consumed several brands of whiskey and beers purchased from multiple shops on Monday. According to the ministry, samples of the alcoholic beverage taken during the investigation at the sale premises have been sent for laboratory analysis of the content. It warned that the number of causality is expected to increase, with more patients coming in for treatment of methanol poisoning.
Meanewhile, the Nepali Ministry of Foreign Affairs also confirmed on Wednesday, that six citizens died, and sixteen injured from alcohol poisoning in the state of Selangor in Malaysia.
The ministry said in a statement, that the nationals fell sick and died during their treatment at Sungai Buloh and Kajang Hospitals in Selangor, after consuming alcohol.