Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, December 8th
Officials suspect a pesticide-based chemical is behind the mysterious disease that affects hundreds in the city of Andhra Pradesh, Eluru.
Although some test results are still awaited, the government is now convinced that the mysterious disease could be due to an organochlorine substance.
One person has died and about 450 others have reported symptoms such as loss of consciousness and fainting in Andhra Pradesh’s Eluru.
The situation confuses health professionals.
Analysis of a test has its fingers set for chemical poisoning, but it remains to be seen how such a large number of people became victims of mass inhalation of the chemical poison.
The symptoms of the disease are epilepsy, forgetfulness, anxiety, vomiting, headache, and back pain.
It is said that the organochlorine pesticides that are part of the mosquito control spray could be the culprit.
The chemical is said to contain dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), which is widely used in mosquito seizure.
The health department has tight lips and does not want to uncover the cause of the disease until after all laboratory reports on the tests carried out on the victims of the poisoning are available. The disease was first reported from the city of Eluru, but has reportedly spread to Denduluru.
The health authorities have already released 263 people from hospital after treatment. Some serious patients have been referred to hospitals in Vijayawada and Guntur.