In Andhra’s Eluru mysterious illness kills 1 person, 340 fall sick

It’s been nearly three days since 340 people in Andhra Pradesh’s Eluru district fell sick due to a mysterious illness and the government is still grappling for answers. Even as doctors are trying to understand what must have caused the illness, one person succumbed to the illness on Monday, while 157 people continue to be hospitalized in Eluru district, of which 14 people are critical. The deceased has been identified as Sridhar.

All patients were identified with symptoms of epilepsy, forgetfulness, anxiety, vomiting, headache and back pain, authorities said. The doctors also noted that the epileptic episode was only once.

As the reason behind the mysterious illness continues to elude, 57,863 families in the district have been surveyed, in which 191 of them were detected with illness and were rushed to the government hospital. Another aspect which worries the authorities, is that people from the neighbouring areas of Eluru, are also starting to show symptoms. The Chief Minister’s office on Monday said that out of the 340 patients, 307 of them belonged to Eluru urban, 30 from Eluru rural and three from Denduluru.

The Medical Superintendent of AIIMS Mangalagiri said that the investigation is still underway and have not identified the cause of the illness yet. The Eluru Government Hospital had sent samples to AIIMS Mangalagiri institute to conduct a medical investigation and find out the reason behind the illness.

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