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11 dead, 300 in hospital after drinking coconut wine lambanog in Philippines

Christian Fernsby |
At least 11 people have died after drinking coconut wine in the Philippines, including some who were celebrating Christmas.

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Authorities also say more than 300 others were treated in hospital after consuming lambanog in Laguna and Quezon, south of Manila.

Many were admitted after Laguna's mayor, Vener Munoz in Rizal, urged people to see medical advice following the deaths between Thursday and Sunday.

Lambanog is popular in provinces and often consumed during holidays and celebrations.

Unregulated production and sales of the beverage are common in the Southeast Asian country and it is often made illegally with dangerous additives.

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