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Russia: 55 dead, scores hospitalised after drinking Boyaryshnik alcoholic bath oil01:57

Russia: 55 dead, scores hospitalised after drinking Boyaryshnik alcoholic bath oil

Russian Federation, Irkutsk
December 20, 2016 at 08:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

Fifty five people were reported dead from a counterfeit batch of Boyaryshnik across the Siberian city of Irkutsk on Tuesday, announced Deputy Chairwoman of the Government of the Irkutsk region, Valentina Voblikova, during a press conference.

"At the current moment, 53 patients have contacted us and have been transported to our medical institutions. Twenty five of them have died. Twenty seven people are currently receiving hospital treatment," she told journalists.

Voblikova continued, "our medical staff is doing everything they can, but unfortunately the pathology is extremely difficult. During the first 24 hours, including the night, incoming patients didn’t survive despite intensive care and resuscitative measures. The doctors and emergency workers understood that from the primary examination."

According to Russia's Investigative Committee, the bath oil allegedly contained methanol, a toxic chemical found in antifreeze. Two people were detained over the deaths and over two tonnes of the liquid were seized from shops and kiosks around Irkutsk.

Russia: 55 dead, scores hospitalised after drinking Boyaryshnik alcoholic bath oil01:57
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Fifty five people were reported dead from a counterfeit batch of Boyaryshnik across the Siberian city of Irkutsk on Tuesday, announced Deputy Chairwoman of the Government of the Irkutsk region, Valentina Voblikova, during a press conference.

"At the current moment, 53 patients have contacted us and have been transported to our medical institutions. Twenty five of them have died. Twenty seven people are currently receiving hospital treatment," she told journalists.

Voblikova continued, "our medical staff is doing everything they can, but unfortunately the pathology is extremely difficult. During the first 24 hours, including the night, incoming patients didn’t survive despite intensive care and resuscitative measures. The doctors and emergency workers understood that from the primary examination."

According to Russia's Investigative Committee, the bath oil allegedly contained methanol, a toxic chemical found in antifreeze. Two people were detained over the deaths and over two tonnes of the liquid were seized from shops and kiosks around Irkutsk.

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