Mozambique beer poisoning: Death toll rises to 56 | News24

At least 56 people, including a toddler, have died from apparent poisoning after consuming traditional beer known as "phombe" in the north-west of Mozambique, local authorities said on Sunday.

Carla Mosse, director of health for the province of Tete, told Radio Mocambique that 39 people remained hospitalised on Sunday after suffering the same type of beer poisoning that caused the first deaths on Saturday morning.

All the victims - including a 2-year-old child - participated in a funeral on Friday during which they apparently drank the traditional beer made from millet bran, the Mozambique paper A Verdade reported.

The exact cause of the contamination remains unknown, but the woman who brewed the "phombe" and several members of her family were among the victims, Radio Mocambique reported.
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Police investigation has discovered that the beer was likely poisoned with crocodile bile during the funeral. Those who drank the beer in the morning of the funeral day reported no signs of illness, while those drinking it in the afternoon got sick, according to authorities.

The woman, who was in charge of brewing the beer, also died from poisoning.