Andhra Pradesh: Over 300 in hospital due to mysterious disease, CM Reddy visits patients



One patient died and over 300 patients were hospitalised in Eluru city in Andhra Pradesh, afflicted by a mysterious disease.

The outbreak started in the One-Town area of Eluru which saw many ambulances rush in to both private and government hospitals carrying patients who had symptoms of fits and nausea.

Although no reason could be ascertained even after blood tests and CT (brain) scans were performed, there is a suspicion that anti-mosquito fogging may have caused the disease spread but nothing has yet been confirmed officially.

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday visited the Government General Hospital in Eluru and interacted with those afflicted by the mysterious disease.

A team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) from Mangalagiri visited the hospital and collected blood samples from the patients for a thorough examination.

Close to 200 patients had been discharged from hospital after treatment.

Most of the victims were in the 20-30 age group while there were about 45 children below the age of 12 years.

Cerebral Spinal Fluid tests also turned out to be normal.

The probable cause could become evident only after the culture test results came in.

E-coli results were also awaited.

Though initially it was suspected that water contamination could have been the cause of the disease outbreak, sample tests ruled that out.

(With inputs from PTI)


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