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|ALBINA – An unknown number of men living on the border of Suriname and French Guyana have suffered health problems after consuming a dose of a herbal drink (‘bita batra’), from a batch that has turned out to be poisonous.
Five men have died. At least twenty are complaining of stomach age, paralysis, mouth soars and blackening skin. They are receiving treatment by medical doctors and bush doctors.
dWT photo/ Hugo den Boer
Bita batra (‘bitter bottle’) is a bitter drink brewed from strong liquor and dried aromatic plant substances. It is used traditionally, for a variety of purposes.
Mystery still surrounds the identity of the person(s) who prepared the drink. Nor is it known whether its poisonous effect was meant intentionally or occured accidentally. ‘Bita batra’ can become poisonous through led contamination or viral chemical reactions, explains doctor Clifton Rozenblad.
In reaction to the medical cases, French authorities have issued a prohibition order for the sale of ‘bita batra’ in French Guyana.
Source: de Ware Tijd online