Authorities in Ecuador have banned alcohol sales in an emergency measure to stop apparently contaminated drinks from reaching consumers after at least 21 people died.
Officials announced the 72-hour national dry law Sunday after alcohol poisoning cases were detected in several parts of the country.
Hospitals treated more than 100 people who fell ill after drinking bootleg liquor over the past week, the country's government said.
Investigators determined that the liquor contained methanol - an industrial-grade alcohol not intended for human consumption, Ecuador's Public Health Ministry said.
The 21 patients who died all haled from Los Rios province, but similar poisoning cases have also been reported in at least four other areas, the government said.
Authorities have arrested the liquor distributor and continue investigating, police said.FULL STORY