Visakhapatnam: Following sudden outbreak of a mystery disease, over 200 people were hospitalised since Saturday evening at Eluru, a town in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
The patients developed epilepsy type symptoms like foam in mouth, giddiness and nausea. The infection was widespread among all areas of the town and age groups even as all of them were tested Covid negative. There were reports that it could have been caused due to consumption of contaminated water.
Deputy Chief Minister Alla Krishna Srinivas (Nani) said the situation was under control and medical help was being provided to all the needy.
After enquiring about the health condition of the patients who were admitted to the local Government General Hospital, he said all medical help had been provided to the patients.
Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who reviewed the situation instructed the officials to be on high alert.
Special focus is being laid on the areas with cases and medical camps are being set up to provide treatment to the patients. Door-to- door survey is being conducted to monitor the health condition of the people.
In all 227 people, including 46 children, and 76 women were hospitalised and around 70 were discharged after their condition was found to be stable. Five persons were shifted to Vijayawada for better treatment.
The patients were also being treated in private hospitals, the Minister said and added that there was no danger to their lives.
Water samples were sent for testing to laboratory and no water pollution was reported. No viral infections were so far confirmed.