Hyderabad: The Union ministry of health and family welfare has deployed a Central team comprising three doctors to West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh where more than 340 people have been hospitalised so far due to a mysterious illness.

A 45-year-old man, who was admitted to the GGH in Eluru on Sunday with symptoms of nausea and epilepsy, died on Sunday evening. Of the 340 people hospitalised, over 180 were later discharged. Around 140 are still under treatment.

The minister of state for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy, in a statement, said, "In order to find out the root causes of such sudden illness, the authorities of AIIMS, New Delhi, are in continuous discussion with the health department officials of the state government." The state government has also been requested to collect samples for further examination.

The three doctors - Dr. Jamshed Nayar, an associate professor (emergency medicine) of AIIMS-New Delhi, Dr. Avinash Deoshtawar, a virologist from NIV-Pune, and Dr. Sanket Kulkarni, the deputy director (PH) of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) – will visit the district on 8 December. The team will submit the preliminary report by evening the same day, Mr. Reddy said.

He said he is in touch with the authorities and is continuously monitoring the situation.

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