The WHO has issued an alert for five contaminated syrups in several countries

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The WHO has issued an alert for five contaminated syrups in several countries

The World Health Organization (WHO) is now warning of the discovery in many countries of five syrups and suspensions with “unacceptable amounts” of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, potential substances POISONOUSin the seventh alert issued since October 2022 about similar cases in the world.

Contaminated syrups are called Allergo, Emidone, Mucorid, Ulcofin and Zincell, made in a Pakistani laboratory Pharmixand contaminated units are currently located in Pakistan, Maldives, Belize, Fiji and Laos, according to a WHO statement.

The contamination was reported on November 8 and an inspection of the affected laboratories was carried out, as a precautionary measure. The affected products have been ordered suspended.

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The WHO warns that diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are toxic to humans and They can be deadly causing symptoms such as stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of urine, headache and kidney failure.

The first such alert in the last 14 months occurred in October 2022when contaminated drugs of this type were found in Gambia, where it is believed to have caused at least 70 deaths.

A month later, the WHO issued another alert affecting Indonesia, where the death toll could be close to 200, and in January 2023, one was published in Cambodia and Uzbekistanthe latter country where At least 21 deaths were recorded.

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In April, another alert was issued for contaminated syrups in two countries in Oceania (Micronesia and Marshall Islands), on July 19 there was another one affecting Cameroon and in August one for Iraq.