More than 450 people in India are infected with mysterious diseases. Expert: The culprit may be pesticides.
December 8th According to a report by India Today on the 8th, more than 450 patients in Andhra Pradesh, southeast India, have been infected with mysterious diseases, the cause of which is unknown. According to preliminary test reports, the cause may be related to the chemical composition of pesticides.
It is reported that several teams of experts in India are studying the cause of the disease, and they have found that it is likely to be caused by organochlorine compounds in pesticides. According to the introduction, organochlorine compounds are mainly used for agricultural pest control, and the “DDT” (DDT) ingredients contained in them are widely used in insecticide spraying. As for whether organochlorine compounds are the cause of the disease, officials said that further determination needs to be based on the results of the experimental report.
After testing and research, the team of medical experts has eliminated the cause of water pollution. At present, other chemical reagents are being tested and screened, and samples of the infected people’s water and milk have been sent to the research institute for heavy metal content analysis.
So far, 452 people have been infected, including 171 new hospitalizations, 263 hospitalized after treatment, and one death. According to doctors, infected people will experience epilepsy-like symptoms such as trembling, foaming at the mouth and nausea, and faint suddenly after a short “epilepsy”. Because both blood tests and CT scans of infected people show normality and they have tested negative for COVID-19, it is impossible to determine the exact cause of the disease.
Nausea, convulsions, unconsciousness…Indian media: Over 300 people in India were infected with “strange diseases” of unknown cause
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on the 6th, an official Indian investigation said that last weekend, more than 140 people had been sent to the hospital for contracting a “strange disease”. According to Indian media reports, as of the 7th local time, at least 300 people have been ill and one has died.
India’s TNN TV station: 1 person died and 300 people were sent to hospital. Unexplained “strange disease” broke out in Andhra Pradesh, India
According to local doctors, these patients from Eluru, Andhra Pradesh (on the edge of the Bay of Bengal), experienced a series of symptoms from nausea, cramps, to fainting and unconsciousness.
The BBC learned from the “India Express” interview with a local hospital staff that uncomfortable patients, especially children, suddenly started vomiting after complaining of burning eyes.
According to the “India Express” report on the 7th, the local hospital began to treat such patients from the evening of last Saturday (5th). As of the 7th local time, at least 300 people have been admitted to the hospital for treatment of the “strange disease”, many of them The child is seriously ill, and the youngest is only 4 years old .
The BBC said that the local hospital added more beds to prevent further development of the situation. However, reports say that many patients recovered and discharged soon after being admitted to the hospital.
Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas, head of the health department of Andhra Pradesh, said that after testing the patient’s blood samples, they did not find that the “strange disease” was Caused by any kind of virus infection.
Srinivas said that the local government has conducted an investigation at the site of the incident and concluded that the “strange disease” has nothing to do with water pollution and air pollution. “This is a kind of unexplained “strange disease” and can only wait until the laboratory. Laboratory report to reveal the cause.”
However, the above reports mentioned that the Telugu Hometown Party, a local political party in Andhra Pradesh, insisted that water pollution was the cause of the “weird disease”.
According to Indian media reports, as India is still fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, these patients have also received nucleic acid tests for the Coronavirus, and all the results are negative.
More than 350 residents fainted and died. There is a mysterious disease in India…
Over the past weekend, many residents in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India, were not calm. According to Indian media reports, since December 5, a strange disease has appeared in the city of Eluru.
More than 350 residents have nausea, foaming at the mouth, unconsciousness and other symptoms similar to epilepsy. A man has died so far. At present, what causes the disease have not been found out there, and people are afraid of the unknown disease at a time when the Indian health care system is overwhelmed by the coronavirus epidemic.
Sudden mysterious disease
According to the Indian media The Print on the 6th, at least 264 people in Eluru were sent to the hospital on the evening of the 5th due to syncope, dizziness, headache, vomiting and other symptoms. After the first cases were sent to a government hospital the night, the local government noticed that patients with similar symptoms were continuously sent to government and private hospitals overnight, and the number of patients surged.
This kind of symptoms similar to epilepsy and then a coma are deeply confused by doctors, and psychiatrists and psychologists intervened to treat them. Local doctors in Eluru are unable to determine the cause of the disease. A medical staff at the government hospital in Elululu told the Indian Express: “Sick people, especially children, suddenly start vomiting after complaining about eye burning. Some of them have fainting, seizures and other symptoms.” Most patients complained about convulsions, headaches, etc., while some patients also reported bone dislocation and muscle pain.
Indian media said that such cases have appeared throughout the town and surrounding rural areas for nearly three days. A regional health administrator who declined to be named said that at first, people went to private hospitals and did not know the situation. Many people went to government hospitals on the 5th, so they learned about it.
Mutyala Raju Revu, a district admissions, said that most of the patients admitted in public and private hospitals were under the age of 30, and about 22% of them were children.
The local government has acted quickly. The local government said that they collected blood samples and urine samples and conducted CT scans of patients, but the cause was still uncertain. The government also announced a holiday for local educational institutions, set up a 24-hour control room, and randomly sampled milk for testing.
So far, most results have not found any abnormality. The government is also conducting blood culture tests to check for foreign bodies such as bacteria and yeast. Officials said that the report would be received in 48 hours. For occasional need, the local government has made room for some hospital beds.
The cause of the disease is still unclear.
At present, India is continuing to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Local media said that the patients had been tested for the novel coronavirus and the results were all negative.
The good news is that local officials say the situation is under control and there are no serious cases. Officials said that 186 people have been discharged so far and 164 people are still receiving treatment; however, a 45-year-old man died on the evening of the 6th after he was admitted to GGH Hospital in Eluluru due to nausea and epilepsy.
There are still many doubts about the disease, and doctors are also confused: the report says that the symptoms will last for 10 to 15 minutes, and the cause of these symptoms is still unclear; the patients with symptoms do not come from the same region and are not related by blood; patients have a wide range of ages, from the elderly to children. Child. At the time of not being identified as the cause of the disease, people are afraid of this unknown disease.
At present, the local investigation of pathogenic factors, including water pollution, air pollution and other factors, are included in the scope of consideration.
To confirm whether it was caused by water pollution, the local government sent samples from 22 sites for testing, and the results will be released soon.
Regarding whether this situation may be caused by industrial waste pollution, data collectors said that there is only one jute processing plant in the region. The staff added that a team from the Pollution Control Committee was sent to inspect the factory and said that there were no air pollutants.
Joint collector Himanshu Shukla believes that the patient’s CT scan report is normal and that there have been no serious problems so far, which may be related to viral infection.
Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas, Andhra Pradesh Health Minister, said the incident had nothing to do with water pollution or air pollution, saying that “it is a mysterious disease, and only laboratory analysis can reveal what it is.”
According to the Indian media, blood tests and CT scans have been carried out, and the results of cerebrospinal fluid test are normal. The cause of the disease may not be clear until the results of blood culture tests come out.
At the same time, some opposition parties called for an investigation into the incident, insisting that pollution was the cause of the mysterious disease.
While authorities are trying to determine what causes mass disease, there is suspicions that the presence of arsenic or lead in food may be a cause, a local health bureau official who declined to be named. More experts from the National Institute of Nutrition and the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology visited the town on the 7th to identify the source of the disease. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will also travel to Elulu on the same day and visit patients in the hospital.