By Oisin Sweeney • 06 December 2020 • 21:19
HEALTH OFFICIALS in eastern India are investigating the outbreak of a ‘mystery’ disease that has hospitalised over 140 people this weekend.
The outbreak has affected residents of Elerru, a city of 215,000 people in India’s eastern Andra Pradesh state. Symptoms of the mystery disease include nausea, fits, and falling unconscious. All patients have been tested for negative for Covid-19, which is currently rampant in India.
A doctor at Eleru’s hospital said that ‘the people who fell sick, especially children, suddenly started complaining of burning eyes. Some of them fainted or suffered bouts of seizures’. Many patients have already recovered and have been discharged from care. Andra Pradesh’s Health Minister said that there was no evidence of a viral infection.
‘We ruled out water contamination and 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 opposition party, Telegu Desam, has called for a full inquiry into the outbreak.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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