Ministry of Health Clarifies Causes of Poisoning Case in Kratie Province

The Ministry of Health has concluded that the poisoning case in Kantuot commune, Chetr Borei district, Kratie northeastern province, claiming 13 lives is due to methanol-laced rice wine and tainted water.

According to the ministry's statement released yesterday, as of 5:00 pm of May 8, 2018, the report on investigation conducted by Emergency Response Working Group of the ministry and Kratie Provincial Health Department along with a technical consultant from the World Health Organisation confirmed that the main causes the poisoning case are rice wine with high level of methanol and tainted water at Prek Te and O' Koki sources.

Of the total 293 villagers who received medical consultations, 237 were hospitalised, 58 found to be poisoned, and 13 died. 179 others had no symptoms of poisoning.

The Ministry of Health advised the local people to stop drinking rice wine produced without standards and using temporarily water from Prek Te and O' Koki sources, but to use the clean water supplied by authorities, to live and eat hygienically, and not to dispose waste or chemical substances in river, lake or canal.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press