A mysterious disease has lead to the hospitalization of hundreds of people and at least one dead patient in India. The unidentified illness was first found on Saturday in Eluru.
On Sunday, The Press Trust of India reported that the deceased individual was a 45-year-old man who was hospitalized with symptoms similar to epilepsy and nausea, which haven’t been observed before. Apart from these, the disease’s indication involves loss of consciousness and anxiety.
All individuals who were infected by the unidentified illness have tested negative for COVID-19 and other virus diseases involving the patients’ symptoms, while the water samples do not indicate any public contagion.
On Monday, the federal government sent medical researchers to the infected area to investigate the disease.
According to The Times of India, most of the infected patients are aged between 20 and 30, excluding some children under the age of 12.
The newspaper suggested that the mysterious illness was probably caused by “Organochlorine pesticides” which are used in anti-mosquito fogging.
When the Times asked an Indian government official if the chemicals have caused the unidentified illness, he answered, “Mostly yes, but we are waiting for the laboratory report [for confirmation].”
By now, the COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh have exceeded 800,000, placing it among the most affected states worldwide.