Mysterious Illness Claims 1, Hospitalizes Hundreds in India
ANDHRA PRADESH, India – At least one person has died and 227 have been hospitalized by an unidentified illness in India’s southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, according to sources, causing a widespread concern among locals.
While the a wide range of symptoms from nausea to fits and falling unconscious, are still investigating the cause of the illness that swept the town of Eluru over the weekend.
“The people who fell sick, especially the children, suddenly started vomiting after complaining of burning eyes. Some of them fainted or suffered bouts of seizures,” a medical officer at Eluru Government Hospital told The Indian Express newspaper, as BBC reported.
Seventy people have been discharged, while another 157 are still being treated, officials said.
The state’s chief minister, Jaganmohan Reddy, said that special medical teams are being sent to Eluru to investigate the cause of the illness, according to the report. Reddy is also expected to visit the town to meet the patients and their families.
This came at a time the country continues to battle a pandemic, making one of the worst affected states with more than 800,000 coronavirus case load.
But -19 doesn’t appear to be the cause of the over the weekend, as all the patients had tested negative for coronavirus.