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Hundreds Of People Hospitalised In India With Mystery Illness

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Hundreds Of People Hospitalised In India With Mystery Illness

One person has died and dozens are sick as a mysterious illness has occurred among citizens in India.

The illness, which isn't the coronavirus, was first discovered in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Doctors say the hospitalised patients - who number more than 200 - are experiencing symptoms like nausea, anxiety and loss of consciousness.

The patients cover a wide age range and have all tested negative to Covid-19, as well as other viral diseases like dengue, chikungunya and herpes. So far, tests haven't delivered any answers.

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Authorities have also been testing water samples in the area, however results haven't shown any signs of contamination.

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A medical officer at Eluru Government Hospital told The Indian Express newspaper: "The people who fell sick, especially the children, suddenly started vomiting after complaining of burning eyes."

Opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu is demanding an 'impartial, full-fledged inquiry' into the incident to see whether anyone else is at risk.

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He said on Twitter: "With more than 250 people now affected, the situation in Eluru is worsening. I demand an impartial, full-fledged inquiry into the incident. Floods, cyclone or healthcare, the YSRCP Govt has been caught napping in emergency situations.

"Can there be a more unfortunate & bigger failure than this? The Eluru water contamination incident calls for a declaration of Health Emergency in Andhra Pradesh. Enough.

"The Eluru incident is just the tip of an iceberg. The Govt's negligence & the deterioration of healthcare services across AP stands exposed today. It's a shame for any Govt if it can't provide basic necessities like safe & clean drinking water to our people."

It comes at a time where Andhra Pradesh is dealing with a large number of coronavirus cases. It's the worst affected area in India with more than 800,000 infections, and the health service is being pushed to breaking point.

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India is the third worst country in the world in terms of Covid-19 deaths, behind America and Brazil.

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Topics: News, Health, India

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