According to the BBC, a mysterious disease occurred in Andhra Pradesh, India, which reportedly caused one death and 227 others were hospitalized.
Doctors told the BBC that the patients, from the small town of Eluru, have been admitted with multiple symptoms ranging from nausea to fits and falling unconscious. While officials are investigating the cause of the illness.
“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 told The Indian Express newspaper.
Officials said 70 people have been discharged from hospital and another 157 are still receiving treatment.
The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Jaganmohan Reddy, shared that the special medical team was sent to Eluru to investigate the cause. He is also expected to visit the town to meet with patients and their families.
The state’s health minister, Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas, said that all patients were negative for the coronavirus, so the cause of the coronavirus has been ruled out.
The Minister of Health also said that the patient’s blood samples showed no signs of 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.”
At the same time, the opposition Telugu Disham Party called for an investigation into the incident, claiming that the disease was caused by pollution.