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Mystery illness hospitalizes 200 people in India

Posted on Monday, 7 December, 2020 | Comment icon 12 comments

Nobody has been able to identify what those affected are suffering from. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Alex Proimos
At least one person has died and many dozens left severely ill by a mystery outbreak in Eluru, India.
Just as the first Coid-19 vaccines begin rolling out across the world, doctors in India have been left stumped by a mysterious illness that has so far managed to defy identification.

According to reports, patients struck down by this unknown affliction have experienced symptoms ranging from nausea and anxiety to seizures, convulsions and a loss of consciousness.

One 45-year-old man is understood to have died in hospital after exhibiting similar symptoms.

All of the patients have tested negative for the coronavirus, as well as for certain viral infections that are typically spread by mosquito bites in the region.
Steps have been taken to investigate the local water supply, however nothing has been found so far.

Political opposition leaders have called for an "impartial, full-fledged inquiry into the incident."

While there are currently no indications that this could be the start of a new pandemic, the situation is disconcerting to say the least.

As things stand, efforts to identify the mystery condition are continuing in earnest.

Source: Sky News | Comments (12)

Tags: Illness

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic on 7 December, 2020, 20:55
Oh here we go. Rule by fear. Get your tin hats on.  What a load of tosh.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Nnicolette on 8 December, 2020, 4:00
So this is concerning me. This exact list of symptoms just happened to a friend at my house the day before last. I thought he was dead, but he came back around and the hospital said it was just dehydration (a very odd sudden acute case?) Then today my brother in law went down too. His seemed more like a stroke, but again the hospital cant find any problem and will release him in a few hours. Another lady at the place my sister works had the same occurrence. They said just be careful. Careful of what though none of them exerted themselves or anything or know what exactly to be careful of. Somet... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Big Jim on 8 December, 2020, 11:15
It's a mystery to the doctors working directly with it.  By what logic do you attribute the cause to climate change?
Comment icon #6 Posted by godnodog on 8 December, 2020, 12:40
I was not attributing this specific case to climate change, as I do not know if it can be attributed to CC,  but I was addressing that scientists have been warning that climate change will cause the appearence of new illness, and that pandemics might become recurrent.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Socio on 8 December, 2020, 16:34
Sounds like someone could be testing the next pandemic causing disease.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Eldorado on 9 December, 2020, 15:25
A report by India’s top medical body has indicated heavy metal poisoning as the probable cause. Traces of lead and nickel were found in blood samples of 10 patients. However, the source of contamination is yet to be determined. Full article at Time mag: Link
Comment icon #9 Posted by toast on 9 December, 2020, 18:20
India: nearly zero environmental protection, dirty drinking water, industrial waste water going into a river near by and no occupational safety measure Eluru: a lot of industry, including biotechnology companies like Pfizer and Dr. Reddies
Comment icon #10 Posted by XenoFish on 9 December, 2020, 21:55
2020 still ain't over yet. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Eldorado on 17 December, 2020, 20:14
A scientist at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) revealed that nickel was found in milk samples collected in Eluru town. “Presence of nickel in the milk samples is something which is warning us. It should not be present in the milk samples. It’s alarming,” Avr Mohan, the medical superintendent of District Hospital Eluru, told Al Jazeera in a phone interview. Mohan, who is also the district coordinator of health services, said scientists were yet to find out why metal was found in milk samples but there was a chance it may have come from pesticides. Full report at Al Jazeera: ... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Eldorado on 9 January, 2021, 23:08
What Was the Mystery Illness That Struck Eluru? Was it pesticide poisoning? Was it heavy metals contamination? Or a combination of both? The Wire (India)

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