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Indian authorities: New disease is not related to COVID-19


The mysterious disease, which erupted in the town of Eluru in Andhra Pradesh in southern India, is not linked to the coronavirus pandemic, presumably caused by water pollution, said an inspector of the West Godavari district.

He said water pollution from heavy metals, organophosphorus compounds or pesticides is suspected.

The authorities continue to try to find the source of the disease. The patients were given a CT scan and PCR tests for coronavirus, and blood and cerebrospinal fluid tests were taken. It turned out that the disease was in no way related to COVID-19.

The inspector noted that the areas where cases have been reported are in a "psychological crisis" and the authorities are now trying to cope with panic in the population through effective communication.

Meanwhile, the cause of the disease has not yet been found. The Times of India wrote that it could have been caused by toxic organochlorine compounds and mosquito repellents.

An outbreak of an unknown disease in and around the city began last Sunday. One person died and the total number of people falling ill, according to the agency's interlocutor, exceeded 800. The symptoms included dizziness, epilepsy, sudden fainting, foam at the mouth and shivering. Local authorities say that the unknown disease is not transmitted from person to person.

source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com