14 Jan 2015
An investigation into the suspected poisoning and resulting deaths of people in a town in Mozambique’s northeast Tete province is being assisted by the United Nations health agency.
According to reports, at least 70 people died after consuming contaminated beer at a funeral on Saturday.
A two-year old child and the woman who brewed the beer were among the dead.
More than 30 people are being treated in hospital.
Dr Ambrosio Disadidi is the representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Mozambique.
“A joint team composed by the Ministry of Health, WHO and other ministries arrived in the city on the Sunday, January 11. A sample of the locally brewed alcoholic beverage, blood and urine samples were also collected and shipped to the national laboratory in Maputo and also to Portugal and South Africa laboratories.” (25″)
Dr Disadidi said autopsies have also been conducted and their results are being awaited.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations