A agricultural region in southeast India witnessed numerous cases of convulsions and fainting, which baffled residents and doctors alike, and required intervention from the World Health Organization.
Since last December, more than 650 people have had symptoms that no one could explain.
In a report on the topic, the Washington Post said the majority of symptoms were fainting, seizures and sudden falls to the floor.
The newspaper quotes the testimony of a person named, Guram Nagishwara Rao, who said that his wife was “shivering and blowing bubbles from her mouth.” A few days later, his 11-year-old grandson suffered a seizure after eating dinner.
These symptoms “can occur at any moment, while walking, during sleep,” Rao said. “We don’t know when people will suffer.”
Chandraskhar Reddy, a senior neurologist, who was a member of an expert panel set up to investigate the seizure, traveled to Eluru, the small town in Andhra Pradesh where the disease began, and in the main hospital, he watched many people lose consciousness and others fall due to convulsions. The doctor said, “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
The hospital doctors decided to make analyzes for the patients, and they thought that they might have been infected with a virus, especially with the spread of the Corona virus, but the tests were negative, according to the “Al-Hurra” channel.
A man died in this hospital hours after suffering a seizure, and they did not know the cause.
In two neighboring villages, three people drowned after suddenly collapsing, but doctors said there was no evidence linking the deaths to coma.
These events prompted the assistance of experts from more than a dozen different organizations, including national hospitals and the World Health Organization.
The experts took blood samples, CSF samples, urine, water, milk, rice, fish, vegetables and even air, in an effort to find out what they called “sudden convulsions of unknown origin” in Eluru.
Experts ruled out that the metals that were detected in the samples were related to these symptoms, and after doing many tests, the most likely possibility now is poisoning by pesticides.
But “there is no consensus” on any species yet, says Bhaskar Kataminini, the health commissioner in Andhra Pradesh, who said that the area around Eluru uses large quantities of pesticides and may have leaked into the water supply, but it remains unclear how and when It happened.