The new Eluru mystery disease is attacking the people of Southern India. It seems like 2020 still has some negative events up its sleeves.
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The mysterious illness already took one life and infected more than 300 people in the hospital in the southern Indian state of Andra Pradesh. Dozens of residents in Eluru city were infected on Saturday night, Dec. 5.
Some of them even lost their consciousness after falling ill. According to CBS News' latest report, the patients showed symptoms that are similar or associated with epilepsy. These include seizures, vomiting, and nausea.
Business Today reported that the patients were admitted to the Government General Hospital or GGH, which includes several children and women. On Dec. 5, only 55 patients were admitted.
The number rose to 170 on Sunday morning, Dec. 6. As of the moment, only 150 people were released. This means that half of the patients are still admitted to Eluru's hospital.
Medical experts can't explain it
Doctors and other medical experts still don't have any idea what caused the new illness. They already tried blood testing, cerebral spinal fluid testing, and brain scanning.
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The results were still pending on some blood tests and cultures to look for the E. Coli bacteria. Eluru city already asked for help from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, and the National Institute of Nutrition to help with the investigation early this week.
The authorities already gathered drinking water and milk samples from various points across Eluru city for testing.
Eluru city's authorities are working on it
The gathered samples of drinking water and milk are already being monitored around the clock from a control room. The special lab was established specifically for the purpose of understanding the new Eluru illness.
As of the moment, colleges and schools were already closed. The Eluru city authorities also launched a massive door-to-door survey to identify those who experience the same symptoms. The number of people increased dramatically because the doctors didn't immediately identify if the new disease is infectious.
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