Mysterious illness hospitalizes more than 300 people in India, and it’s not COVID-19
An unidentified illness led to seizures, loss of consciousness and some nausea among patients in India.
Is it COVID-19?
Experts made it clear that COVID-19 is not to blame for these issues.
- “All patients have tested negative for COVID-19,” said Dolla Joshi Roy, the district surveillance officer of Eluru’s West Godavari District, according to CNN.
In fact, about 180 patients have now been discharged. The remaining patients are “stable,” Roy said.
- The one patient who died had cardiac arrest after experiencing symptoms.
- “The people who fell sick, especially the children, suddenly started vomiting after complaining of burning eyes. Some of them fainted or suffered bouts of seizures,” the officer said.
So what is it?
Andhra Pradesh’s Health Department said blood tests didn’t show any signs of a viral infection. They’re now testing water samples to see if water was the common source of the illness, according to CNN.
- “The cause is still unknown but still we are doing all kinds of testing, including testing food and milk,” said Roy.
- “We ruled out water contamination or air pollution as the cause after officials visited the areas where people fell sick,” he said. “It is some mystery illness and only lab analysis will reveal what it is.”
The Telugu Desam Party said water contamination was the cause of the illness.