Substances believed to be behind the mysterious sickness in Andhras Eluru had been seemingly brought on by mosquito fogging


WHO expert team in Eluru

At the request of the state government, a team of experts from the World Health Organization in New Delhi and another team formed by the Union’s Department of Health and Family Welfare will arrive in Eluru on Tuesday “on an urgent visit” to conduct a study and possibly determine the cause of the mysterious disease.

A team from the Indian Council of Medical Research is also expected.

A team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences from Mangalagiri visited the hospital and collected blood samples from the patients for a thorough examination.

Jagan Mohan Reddy visits Eluru

Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy visited the government hospital here, spoke to those affected and assured them all help.

He later spoke at a high-level review meeting and instructed officers to be on high alert and be prepared for any situation.

So far, 263 people have been discharged from hospital after treatment, and another 171 have been admitted to hospital. Another 17 patients were referred to hospitals in Vijayawada and Guntur for better medical care, according to official information.

One dead, 450 affected

The disease, which first appeared in the one-town area in Eluru, has now spread to the adjacent rural parts of Eluru and Denduluru, although the number of people affected was far lower there.

Previously, due to the mysterious illness, people suddenly passed out after suffering from seizures and nausea.

The symptoms according to GGH doctors were 3-5 minutes of epilepsy, a few minutes of memory loss, anxiety, vomiting, headache, and back pain.

The disease claimed the life of 45-year-old Sridhar on Sunday. The number of people affected by the mysterious disease is said to be around 450.

According to a report by collector R Mutyalaraju from West Godavari District, the exact cause of the disease has not yet been determined as blood tests and CT scans (brain scans) showed everything to be normal.

The cell count of 35 cerebral spinal fluid samples was also normal, but the culture report is pending.

(With PTI inputs)

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