Eluru mystery illness: Know possible causes, symptoms of disease that has affected hundreds in Andhra Pradesh


New Delhi: As the world, and the country fight the COVID-19 pandemic, a mystery illness has erupted in Eluru, affecting hundreds of people. Accoridng to latest reports, 593 people have been affected by the disease. A team from WHO has also reached the area where the cases of the mystery illness are being reported from. The illness was first reported earlier this week, when a few people fell suddenly ill and were being treated at the hospitals in the district.

Researchers have collected samples and are currently studying the possible causes of the condition. Here is all you need to know about the symptoms, and possible causes that have come to light so far.

Symptoms of the Eluru Mystery Illness

The most common symptoms reported in patients who have suffered from the mystery illness include –

  • Dizziness – Altered sense of balance and sight. Feeling light-headed, head-spinning.
  • Fainting spells – Becoming unconscious, sudden loss of consciousness due to oxygen deprivation of the brain
  • Headache – Pain in the head can be due to many causes. In this case, it could be due to low supply of oxygen
  • Vomiting – Vomiting can also occur due to various causes, and may not always be a cause of underlying disease.

Possible causes of the disease

Researchers are currently looking at blood samples of patients who are or have suffered from the disease. Below are the possible causes that they are looking into.

Metal poisoning – Researchers have found the presence of heavy metals such as lead and nickel in the blood of people who are suffering from this mystery disease. Chances are that the reactions have been caused by metal poisoning.

“We found lead and nickel in the blood samples in excess amount. This can be one of the causes. We are sending more samples to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi,” said Himanshu Shukla, joint collector, West Godavari, reported IANS.

The team of investigators is also looking at what could be the sources of such metals in the blood of the patients.

Milk and water contamination – Since any food or water could be a source of such heavy metals entering the body, milk and water samples have been looked at by researchers. However, they have not found the presence of such metals in these items.

Vegetables could also be a source of heavy metals – Vegetables can also be a source of these heavy metals present in the blood of the patients. Samples of vegetables have been sent to the respective institutes for testing.

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