India’s south-eastern State, Andhra Pradesh has reportedly been hit by an unknown illness. Reports also claim that more than 200 people have been hospitalized with one death recorded.
Doctors in the region confirmed that the patients displayed a wide range of symptoms including nausea, fits and unconsciousness.
The State has also been one of the worst hit Indian regions in the Coronavirus pandemic with more than 800,000 cases– making it the third highest count amongst Indian states.
Meanwhile, the town of Eluru, within the state has suffered severely from the unknown illness which is currently under investigation.
The state’s health minister, Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas also came out to to confirm that the patients tested negative for Coronavirus during the weekend, ruling out the widely spread disease as many feared.
“The people who fell sick, especially the children, suddenly started vomiting after complaining of burning eyes. Some of them fainted or suffered bouts of seizures,” a medical officer at Eluru Government Hospital said.
The health minister also stated that blood samples did not reveal any sign of a viral infection.
“We ruled out water contamination or air pollution as the cause after officials visited the areas where people fell sick,” he said. “It is some mystery illness and only lab analysis will reveal what it is.”
70 people were said to have been discharged while 157 are currently undergoing treatment.
Chief minister of the state, Jaganmohan Reddy revealed that special medical teams have been sent to investigate the cause of the illness. He also confirmed his intentions of visiting the affected families.