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Monday, October 30, 2006

State of emergency widens over Russian alcohol poisoning
"A second Russian region has declared a health emergency over a nationwide outbreak of alcohol poisoning that officials say has killed more than 100 people.

The eastern Siberian region of Irkutsk 'has instituted a state of emergency in 14 territories,' regional administration spokeswoman Albina Nechayeva said in a statement on Monday.

A total of 733 people are currently being treated for alcohol poisoning in Irkutsk region hospitals, 173 of them in serious condition, while 33 people have died, the statement cited regional health official Igor Ushakov as saying."

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