At Least 69 In Mozambique Are Dead After Drinking ‘Poisoned’ Beer. Is Crocodile Bile To Blame?






” At least 69 people who drank a homemade beer at a funeral in Mozambique over the weekend have died, health officials have announced. Authorities believe that the beer, a traditional millet-based brew called pombe, was poisoned during the course of the funeral.

  In addition to those who died, at least 169 people remain hospitalized, according to health officials. “As we prepared to determine the cause of death of people we began to receive a lot of people with diarrhea and other muscle aches. After that we began to receive dead bodies from several neighborhoods,” Paula Bernardo, a local health official in the country, told a state-run radio station in Mozambique.

  Officials believe that the brew was poisoned some time during the daylong funeral. Those who drank the brew only in the morning had no signs of illness, the Associated Press reported. But those who drank in the afternoon were sick by the next morning. The woman who brewed the beer was among the casualties, they reported.”


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