10 new toxic alcohol poisoning cases

Noor Hisham Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR: Ten more cases of toxic alcohol poisoning have been reported as at noon today, seven in Selangor, and one each in Kuala Lumpur, Perak and Negeri Sembilan.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brought the total number of toxic alcohol poisoning cases reported to 86.

“The total number of deaths due to toxic alcohol poisoning remained at 29 of which 18 were in Selangor, nine in Kuala Lumpur and two in Perak,” he said in a statement here today.

He said some 41 victims were still receiving treatment at 11 hospitals in the states with 16 of them in critical condition.

Noor Hisham said there were 57 recorded cases of non-fatal toxic alcohol poisoning which involved nationals of Nepal (25), Myanmar (11), Bangladesh (nine), Malaysia (nine), India (two) and Indonesia (one).

He said so far, 402 premises selling liquor have been inspected, in which 1,471 bottles of alcoholic drinks of various brands, including those that did not comply with the Food Act 1983 and Food Regulations 1985 were seized.