Re­port: 58 dead in Siberia after drink­ing bath lo­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

MOSCOW | Rus­sian health of­fi­cials say at least 58 peo­ple have died in a Siberian city from methanol poi­son­ing after con­sum­ing coun­ter­feit bath lo­tion.

The death toll in Irkutsk, Rus­sia’s six-largest city with a pop­u­la­tion of 1.1 mil­lion, has been ris­ing since Sun­day.

Poi­son­ings caused by cheap sur­ro­gate al­co­hol are a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence in Rus­sia, but the Irkutsk case is un­prece­dented in its scale. The sales of lo­tions and tinc­tures con­tain­ing al­co­hol have risen in re­cent years as Rus­sia’s econ­omy has fal­tered.

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