A strange illness has struck Eluru city in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, the cause of which remains unknown. Dozens of people fainted following symptoms of nausea and fits including foam in the mouth. According to a 2:30 PM update by ANI on Sunday, about 140 people were admitted and discharged since Saturday night.
The number of patients has reportedly increased and 227 people had been hospitalized according to official sources in the last update. The symptoms were so severe that these people were immediately taken in. All patients, however, grew stable soon as the symptoms subsided within 10-15 minutes.
According to a Hindustan Times report, people who reported the symptoms belonged to different areas of the city. The blood reports were normal, the report said further.
TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu made a series of tweets on Sunday morning tearing into the YSRCP government’s handling of local emergencies and the deteriorating healthcare services. One of his tweets read: “Shocked & enraged at AP Govt’s apathy towards people. About 150 people, mostly children have taken ill after drinking contaminated water in Eluru because the irresponsible Govt hasn’t cared to clean local drinking water bodies since 18 months.”
“Ironically, this is Health Minister’s constituency. The Eluru incident has brought forth an irresponsible YSRCP Govt’s collective lack of conscience and inability to govern yet again,” he added.
Godavari West Joint Collector Himanshu Shukhla told PTI that CT scans were also performed on patients which returned normal reports, suggesting that the outbreak may have been a case of viral infection.
Health officials have suspected water contamination to be the reason behind the nightmare that began in the One-Town area of Eluru. Water samples have been collected from the place for examination and the authorities are not ruling out any possibility even though the cases are “sporadic even in that particular locality”, as reported by Himanshu to PTI.