Mystery Illness ‘Overwhelming’ India Hospitals

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Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, a new mystery illness has begun cropping up in India. The illness is leading to over-capacity hospitals in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh.

According to New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV), almost 400 people have come down with the nameless illness. There has been one reported death. Health officials are now alarmed as the source of the mystery illness continues to evade them.

The symptoms of the illness are horrific and include spontaneous seizures, vomiting, and a loss of conciousness.

None of the patients have tested positive for COVID-19. A team of doctors are on their way to Eluru to asssess the situation and help devise a plan of action.

“All patients have tested negative for Covid-19,” Dolla Joshi Roy, the district surveillance officer of Eluru’s West Godavari District, told CNN, adding that about 180 patients out of the 300 who were admitted to the hospital have been discharged. At the same time, the rest are “stable.” She said the patient who died had similar symptoms to the others but then had a fatal but unrelated cardiac arrest. 

Doctors also ruled out dengue or chikungunya. Medical staff are now testing the local water supplies.

So far, there is no indication of what the root cause, nor what type of illness continues to spread across Eluru.

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.

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