Doctors and representatives of the scientific community are maximizing efforts to find the causes of an unknown disease with which almost 600 people have been hospitalized in the Indian city of Eluru.
Additional teams of specialists were sent to Eluru, whose task will be a large-scale analysis of food products, including milk, on the food market in the region. Experts will also study water and soil samples in the city and the surrounding area, writes Times of India.
As one of the versions of the outbreak of a mysterious disease, the possibility of lead or pesticide poisoning is being considered. According to the head of the Ministry of Health of the country of Andhra Pradesh K. Bhaskar, the decrease in the level of heavy metals in the blood of the victims indicates that the effect of harmful substances on their bodies was acute, not chronic.
For example, experts from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology admit that hospitalized residents could have suffered from lead contained in the water entering their homes through old pipes. In addition, accumulator dumps were found not far from the sources of drinking water.
On December 6, an outbreak of an unknown disease was recorded in India. One person died, and the total number of those infected has already reached more than 800 people. Symptoms include epilepsy, sudden fainting spells, foam at the mouth, and tremors. Sometimes the disease begins with severe dizziness. Local media also suggested that toxic organochlorine compounds and unsafe mosquito repellents could be the cause of the disease in India.
As NEWS.ru reported, infection with a resistant deadly fungus was recorded in Brazil. We are talking about a fungus described in 2009 in Japan, later identified on five continents. An outbreak of Candidauris-related disease occurred in 2019 in the UK, when 200 people were infected and eight people died.