Contaminated bootleg alcohol kills at least 42 in Iran

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At least 42 people have died after drinking contaminated bootleg alcohol in Iran, a government spokesman said, the BBC reports.

Health ministry spokesman Iraj Harirchi said 16 people had gone blind and 170 had undergone dialysis after trying the tainted drink.

In the past three weeks, at least 460 people across five provinces have been hospitalized, with the youngest victim a 19-year-old woman.

Alcohol is illegal in Iran but bootleg booze is widespread.

Police in the southern city of Bandar Abbas last week arrested a couple for allegedly producing home-made alcohol.

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