Cambodian farmers drag a tan loaded with bundles of rice through the flooded rice field in Svay Chek village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia Dec. 7, 2014. (AP/Heng Sinith)
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Rice wine brewed with a toxic level of alcohol has killed at least 19 people and left 172 more in hospital in northeast Cambodia, the health ministry said Sunday.Tests carried out by the Ministry of Health have found that some of the wine involved in at least five separate incidents contained up to 12 percent methanol -- the usual level is around 0.15 percent.Cambodians often drink locally brewed rice wine, which is relatively inexpensive but can be dangerous if not mixed properly.Deaths from bad batches of rice wine are reasonably common – although deaths on this scale are rare.
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