Doctors Find Traces of Metal in Blood of Mystery Disease Patients in Eluru

Indian doctors have found traces of lead and nickel in the blood of patients who have contracted a mysterious illness in the town of Eluru, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

Indian doctors have found traces of lead and nickel in the blood of patients who have contracted a mysterious illness in the town of Eluru, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

As of Tuesday, the mystery disease has affected at least 400 people and left one dead which left state health officials puzzled.

Dolla Joshi Roy, the district surveillance officer of Eluru’s West Godavari District explained that the patients experienced seizures, loss of consciousness, and nausea over the weekend. 

Resident Medical Officer Dr. P R Srinivas said that the number of cases lessened from Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning where just four cases were reported.

“About 40 people are undergoing treatment and they would be discharged by afternoon,” added Srinivas.

Despite earlier blood tests saying that nothing abnormal was found, the Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) reported that they had found traces of lead and nickel in the blood samples of 10 patients.

A second hospital would also be running similar tests to determine if the patients do have a large amount of metal in their bloodstream.

Federal lawmaker GVL Narasimha Rao, an Eluru native, announced on his tweet that he had already spoken with government medical experts.

 Rao said that the scientists speculated that the “most likely cause is poisonous organochlorine substances.”


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