Around 500 individuals have been hospitalized due to an unknown disease in Andhra Pradesh in Southern India. In an article by CNN, the disease was first detected in Eluru, a city known for its hand-woven products. Patients exhibit symptoms such as nausea, seizures, and loss of consciousness. Read more: Patients hospitalized with mystery illness in India have excessive nickel and lead in blood, officials say, an article by CNN.
Moreover, health officials in India found excessive amounts of lead and nickel in blood samples taken from patients. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) found lead and nickel particulate matter in its preliminary results. The Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) is also running tests and awaiting results.
Apparently, water samples did not have traces of lead and nickel.
“The Public Health personnel and other department staff should also probe the issue deeply and find out the reasons for the illness,” states Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.