1 Dead, 340 Affected With ‘Mystery Illness’ In Andhra Pradesh’s Eluru

Eluru (Andhra Pradesh): A mysterious illness has taken over the Eluru city of Andhra Pradesh in which one person has already died and over 300 people have been hospitalized.

Currently, 157 patients are receiving treatment while 168 others have been discharged. One persons has succumbed to the mysterious disease.

Of all the affected persons, 307 hail from Eluru town, 30 from Eluru’s rural areas and three from Denduluru.

There is no sign of contagiousness in the mystery illness that has affected 340 persons in Eluru till now, West Godavari District Collector said on Monday.

“So far, the illness has not spread from one person to another,” said a note shared by Collector Revu Muthyala Raju.

Raju’s report highlighted that the affected persons complained of 3 to 5 minutes of epileptic fits without repetition, forgetfulness, anxiety, vomiting, headache, and back pain.

As some people suspected the water supplied as the cause, Raju claimed that people from other areas where Eluru Municipality water is not distributed had also fallen ill.

“One or two persons in every household is ill. People who drink mineral water on a daily basis also reported sick,” the Collector claimed.

According to Raju, 22 freshwater samples were tested but these were normal.

Authorities are awaiting culture reports of some cerebral fluid samples taken from affected persons while 10 milk samples have been sent to the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) near Tarnaka in Hyderabad for testing.

As the unidentified disease swept across several pockets in Eluru amid the coronavirus pandemic, the district administration carried out a household survey to know its prevalence. As many as 62 village and ward secretariats conducted the health surveys in 57,863 households.

Similarly, 56 doctors, three microbiologists, 136 nurses, 117 FNOs and 99 MNOs have been deployed on duty.

In the past 24 hours, 62 medical camps were held, and 20 ambulances and 445 beds made available for treatment at Eluru government hospital and four other institutes.

Fifty beds were also allotted in Vijayawada government general hospital, along with some medical personnel, for the treatment of the affected persons.

Many villages in West Godavari district lack filtered drinking water. Over the decades, successive governments have ignored the pleas of people to fix this problem, forcing people to make do with muddy water.

(With inputs from IANS)

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