Mystery illness grips AP’s Eluru, over 300 hospitalised

Vijayawada: A mysterious disease that is spreading in Eluru, has left the administration baffled, even as it claimed one life and hospitalised over 300.

According to sources, more than 140 of the patients have returned home after treatment at hospital while the condition of others was stable, the West Godavari district medical and health officials said.

Nothing has yet been established as to what caused the disease that saw people suddenly falling unconscious after suffering from symptoms of fits and nausea.

Health authorities could not yet establish the cause of the sudden disease though blood tests and CT (brain) scan were performed.

Cerebral Spinal Fluid tests also turned out to be normal. The probable cause could become evident only after the culture test results came in.

According to district Joint Collector Himanshu Shukla, E-coli results were also awaited.

He said, expert scientists from the National Institute of Nutrition and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology from Hyderabad would arrive in Eluru on Monday for diagnosing the cause of the disease.

A 24×7 control room has been set up in the Eluru Municipal Corporation office. Milk samples were also collected at random and sent for examination in Vijayawada.

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy spoke with AP Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney over phone and enquired about the situation and said the Centre was ready to extend any possible help.

All the patients tested negative for Covid-19. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has scheduled a visit to Eluru today to visit the patients in the GGH and later hold a review meeting with the West Godavari district officials.

 

NT Bureau