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Senin, 07 Desember 2020

Mystery illness in India leaves hundreds sick, but it's not COVID-19 - ABC News

At least one person has died and 200 others have been hospitalised due to an unidentified illness in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The illness was detected on Saturday evening in Eluru, an ancient city famous for its hand-woven products.

Since then, patients have experienced symptoms ranging from nausea and anxiety to loss of consciousness, doctors said on Monday.

A 45-year-old man who was hospitalised with symptoms similar to epilepsy and nausea died on Sunday evening, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Officials are trying to determine the cause of the illness.

So far, water samples from impacted areas haven't shown any signs of contamination, and the chief minister's office said people not linked to the municipal water supply have also fallen ill.

The patients are of different ages and have tested negative for COVID-19 and other viral diseases such as dengue, chikungunya or herpes.

An expert team deployed by the Indian Government reached the city to investigate the sudden illness on Monday.

Patients and their bystanders are seen at the district government hospital in Eluru.
Over 200 people have been hospitalised due to an unidentified illness in India.(AP)

State chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy visited a Government hospital and met patients who were ill.

Opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu demanded an "impartial, full-fledged inquiry into the incident" via his Twitter account.

Andhra Pradesh state is among those worst hit by COVID-19, with over 800,000 detected cases.

The health system in the state, like the rest of India, has been frayed by the virus.

A ground of women in colourful saris and facemasks.
Lockdowns to curb the spread of infections has impacted the economy.(AP: Aijaz Rahi)

With more than 9.6 million infections, India is the second hardest-hit country after the United States.

India has recorded more than 140,500 deaths, behind only the US and Brazil.

The country has sought emergency use authorisation for the Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.

AP

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