The recent deaths of 15 men and five women reported by the Costa Rica Ministry of Health are blamed on methanol poisoning in alcohol. The fatalities, ranging from 32 to 72 years of age, are among 41 people known to be affected by tainted alcohol.

Costa Rican Police are now being assisted in the investigation by the U.S. FBI. Alcohol-related deaths of tourists in the Dominican Republic preceded the current reports from Costa Rica. The Costa Rica Ministry of Health this week searched a Pinares de Heredia facility and seized boxes of liquor suspected of containing methanol. Authorities have also seized 30,000 bottles of alcohol from brands including Guaro Montano, Guaro Gran Apache, Star Welsh, Aguardiente Barón Rojo, Aguardiente Timbuka and Aguardiente Molotov.

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