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Mystery illness sickens hundreds, kills 1 in India

 Around 200 people have been hospitalized and at least 1 person has died due to an unidentified illness in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, reports said.




The illness was detected Saturday evening in Eluru, an incient city famous for its hand-woven crafts. Patients were hospitalized with epilepsy-like symptoms, including seizures and loss of consciousness, as well as nausea and vomiting.





Although coronavirus infection is widespread in the area, all of these patients tested negative for COVID-19. In addition, blood tests performed so far have not found evidence of other viral infections, such as dengue fever or chikungunya, CNN reported.




A 45-year-old man who was hospitalized with symptoms similar to epilepsy and nausea died Sunday evening, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.





Officials are trying to determine the cause of the illness. So far, water samples from impacted areas haven't shown any signs of contamination, and the chief minister's office said people not linked to the municipal water supply have also fallen ill. 




An expert team deputed by the federal government reached the city to investigate the sudden illness Monday.

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