The spate of unpleasant news in 2020 continues unabated with the recent mysterious disease in Eluru in Andhra Pradesh that claimed one life on Sunday while 292 others fell sick. More than 140 of the patients have returned home after treatment at hospitals while the condition of others was stable, medical and health officials in West Godavari district said.
It has not been established yet as to what is causing the illness, people have been speculating about its causes. The illness has mostly seen the affected people suddenly falling unconscious after suffering from symptoms of fits and nausea.
A 45-year-old man who was admitted to the government general hospital in Vijayawada on Sunday morning with symptoms of nausea and epilepsy died later. And while the majority of the people had recovered within a few minutes but at least seven were shifted to the government hospital on Sunday for better treatment.
Conspiracy theories and suggestions floated on the internet as netizens learned of the disease that affected so many people in Eluru. From contaminated water to Covid side effects to an invisible virus, people came up with all sorts of reasoning to explain the mysterious sickness.
IMO Eluru Tragedy isn't a mystery... It's purely due to contaminated water caused by Industrial wastage which is effecting Central nervous system immediately. #EluruTragedy — ఎన్పీ లక్కిరెడ్డి ✍️ #VoteForGlass (@np_lakkireddy) December 7, 2020
No proper Sewage system... Letting Human waste into drains... Contamination of drinking water might be the prime reason behind recent happenings in Eluru.#Eluru — Vamsikrishna (@smaw1bvk) December 7, 2020
Some people also came up with suggestions on how to control the disease.
@AndhraPradeshCM @APPOLICE100 @smarteluru A Voluntary idea for da new disease 2 stop it's spread. Requesting the Govt 2 pls put Eluru undr Lockdown for a couple of days n put the contamination under control. Whereas reqest the Municipal Officials 2 C tht entire eluru is Sanitized — Sontyana Anand (@SontyanaAnand) December 7, 2020
Really shocked and horrified to see whatever is happening in eluru town. Be safe. Hope we find exactly what is this and a solution to this so called mysterious disease. #Eluru — Ambati Karthik (@AmbatiKarthik7) December 7, 2020
Some also likened the timing to last year when coronavirus originated in China's Wuhan, saying this year a new disease has originated in India.
#Eluru #AndhraPradesh #TDP Last year it is COVID 19(Corona Virus) it is originated from wuhan city china wear mask This year it is JAVID 20 (Jagan virus) it is originated from Eluru Andhrapradesh India Boil the water before drinking — Rajershi (@urstrulyRaaj) December 7, 2020
Why are People of Eluru city of Andhra Pradesh are dying due to Water infection? Why are Govt. Hospitals in Eluru in Miserable Condition? Request @BJP4India to intervene and take charge directly as Andhra Pradesh Govt. might not be able to Manage the Situation. — Cherry the Great (@saithegreat1992) December 7, 2020
Eluru Tragedy!! bacteria, virus or toxic release.. what ever the reason might be.. it is a Govt. failure!! — Sreedhar Ch (@SreedharCh4) December 7, 2020
Could the Eluru mysterious deaths in Andhra be the works of the death cult !!!! — Sirisha (@Sirisha69572042) December 7, 2020
Pl test water in #Eluru.Looks like organochloro/organophospho pesticide like Chloropyrifos contamination in water.Biochemistry testing cannot detect. Pl use induced plasma mass spectrometry avail with Customs or Vimta labs. Residues also can be in fish. — rajku (@rajku) December 7, 2020
There were several unverified warnings asking people not to use municipal water until the reason is found out. However, Deputy Chief Minister (Health) AKK Srinivas (Nani), who represents Eluru, said tests established that water contamination was not the cause of the unknown disease. A five-member team of doctors from AIIMS at Mangalagiri here was visiting Eluru to treat the patients. Rao said he spoke to AIIMS, Delhi Director Randeep Guleria and other experts.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also visited Eluru on Monday to visit the patients in the GGH and later is also expected to hold a review meeting with the West Godavari district officials.