West Godavari: The mysterious disease that had gripped Eluru town in West Godavari district last year continues to haunt the people of the district. In a fresh incident, over 20 people at Komirepalli under Denduluru mandal in the district, near Eluru town, fell ill of an Eluru-like mysterious disease.
Since Thursday night many suffered from seizures and fell unconscious. Many complained of vomiting, convulsion, and nausea. They were rushed to Eluru government hospital on Friday morning.
Local MLA Kotaru Abbaiah Chowdhary, district collector Revu Muthyala Raju, district medical and health officer Sunanda and other officials rushed to the village immediately.
Re-emergence of the mystery illness that was reported in December last year in Eluru has left health officials perplexed. A few days ago, two cases were reported at Pulla village under Bhimadole mandal in the district taking the total new cases to 29. Pulla is located 30 km from Eluru town. Two patients are undergoing treatment while 27 of them were discharged.
The blood samples of the patients have been sent to laboratories and water and food samples are also being tested. People in the affected villages have been advised to drink boiled water and soak vegetables in water for 30 minutes before cooking. Medical camps have been set up and a door-to-door survey is underway in the affected villages. Meanwhile, the officials said the patients' blood reports did not show any abnormalities. People are worried that the mysterious disease will spread to other areas.
West Godavari district hospital superintendent A.V.R Mohan said the symptoms are similar to the Eluru mystery disease. He also noted that most of the patients had consumed chicken. On the orders of Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy, chief secretary Adityanath Das, secretary of medical and health Anil Kumar Singhal, and commissioner of medical and health K. Bhaskar visited Pulla village on Friday.
It may be noted that the high-level team comprising experts from AIIMS and other major research institutions had failed to pinpoint the reason behind the Eluru mystery cases. They had suggested a need for a long-term study of the incident.