(CNN) According to local authorities examining the outbreaks, an unknown disease has admitted to hospital more than 300 people in southeast India, one of whom passed away.
”Patients in the town of Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, recorded several symptoms, including epilepsy, loss of consciousness, as well as lightheadedness over the weekend.”
Dolla Joshi Roy, District Supervisor of Eluru’s West Godavari Region.
All of this is happening while India continues to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, with the second-largest amount of infections. Andhra Pradesh is one of the most hit states and officially has more than 800,000 recorded cases.
Yet Covid-19 wasn’t the source of widespread hospitalization over the weekend.
“All patients have tested negative for Covid-19. The patient who died reported common symptoms to the others but then had a fatal but unrelated heart attack.” Dolla Joshi Roy
Around 180 patients are released, while the others remain ”stable”. A statement issued by Andhra Pradesh’s Health Department suggested that the initial blood tests did not reveal signs of a bacterial infection, like dengue or chikungunya, which are all provoked by mosquito bites.
Authorities are now examining water samples in Eluru for contaminants because all patients get their water from a single source. Samples were obtained from 57,863 households and submitted to a laboratory for testing.
Experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and a non-state neurologist have also arrived in Eluru to carry out more neurotoxic testing and are waiting for the reports.
Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy went to visit the sufferers in the hospital on Monday.