Eluru: Panic has gripped Eluru Town of West Godavari district after a mysterious disease left a 45-year-old man dead and 340 others hospitalized.

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 hospitalized, over 180 were later discharged. Around 140 are still under treatment.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will visit the hospital on Monday. Jagan Mohan Reddy will also hold a meeting with district officials.

In wake of the situation, the administration has declared a holiday in educational institutions across Eluru Town. A 24x7 control room has been set up in the Eluru Municipal Corporation office. Milk samples also collected at random and sent for examination in Vijayawada.

A team of doctors from AIIMS Mangalgiri, scientists of National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology have been sent to Eluru to ascertain the source of illness.

The officials are yet to ascertain the reasons for the mysterious ailment that saw people suddenly falling unconscious after suffering from symptoms of fits and nausea. They have conducted blood tests and CT scans to ascertain the possible reasons.

Cerebral Spinal Fluid tests also turned out to be normal. The probable cause could become evident only after the culture test results came in. The district administration said E-coli results were also awaited.

Minister for Health Alla Nani said tests established that water contamination was not the cause for the mysterious disease.

"There is no need to panic. Most of the victims have recovered. We have readied 50 beds in the GGH in Vijayawada to shift patients if required. Our medical teams are attending to every patient," he said.

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