Unidentified illness sees over 400 hospitalised, 1 dead in India

Unidentified illness sees over 400 hospitalised, 1 dead in India

- India is suffering at the hands of an unidentified infection that has prompted the hospitalisation of over 400 citizens

- Thus far, only one fatality has been recorded but the mysterious nature of the sickness is a major cause for concern

- The illness was first detected over the weekend in Eluru, an ancient city in the Andhra Pradesh state

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One person has died and over 400 citizens have been hospitalised in southern India after an unidentified infection was discovered.

The infection causes victims to fall unconscious after seizures and nausea, according to a senior health department official.

The first known case was reported on Saturday in Eluru, an ancient city in a state renowned for its hand-woven products, Andhra Pradesh.

The illness is, thus far, unidentified and has seen over 400 Indian citizens hospitalised. Image: Amal KS/Hindustan Times
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Doctors have confirmed that numerous other patients have followed experiencing symptoms ranging from nausea and anxiety to loss of consciousness.

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Local medical authorities say that more than 200 people were discharged over the weekend with tests ruling out Covid-19 as a possibility.

Further tests are currently underway with India's federal health ministry issuing a statement confirming that a team of medical experts will be sent to investigate the outbreak.

In the statement, it was highlighted that over 300 children had been infected with the unknown illness:

"The children reportedly suffered from dizziness, fainting spells, headache and vomiting."

A door-to-door survey is also being conducted in a bid to determine what had caused the crisis which has taken the life of a 45-year-old man. The man had been hospitalised with symptoms similar to epilepsy and nausea.

Thus far, water samples from affected areas have been tested but have not shown any signs of contaminations, with the Minister's office saying that people not linked to municipal water sources have also fallen ill.

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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Britain has kicked off a mass inoculation drive with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

The first citizen to receive a dose was a 90-year-old woman, with medical experts set to be at the front of the line for the first batch of the jabs.

The UK managed to beat the United States to the finish line, obtaining approval for the vaccine six days prior.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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