Despite the officials claiming the decline in the number of people falling sick to a mysterious disease in Eluru city, the relapse cases turned a new challenge to the health authorities. According to the ground reports, the government hospital on Thursday witnessed relapse cases where discharged patients were again rushed to the hospital.
Allegations from the discharged families have it that the authorities are forcing the patients to vacate beds even if the illness was not completely cured, which was speculated to be the main reason behind relapses in patients.
Doctors and experts from AIIMS, who are roped in to ascertain the cause of #MysteryIllness at Andhra Pradesh's #Eluru, have opined that the process of recycling of batteries might have led to the outbreak of the unknown disease.@xpressandhra @aishparikh pic.twitter.com/EOMdusLP8V
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While multiple-expert teams are carried preliminary investigations already, most of the reports opined the existence of organochlorine and lead in the blood samples of the victims. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences authorities, Mangalgiri, in its preliminary investigation, found that it was a case of neuro-toxicity caused by heavy metals.
On the other hand, the number of fatalities increased to three with two more people succumbing to the mystery illness. The deceased were identified as Subbaravamma (56) and Chandra Rao (50), who were admitted to the Eluru government hospital on Sunday and were later shifted to Vijayawada a government hospital for better treatment.
However, authorities denied the news and said that the deaths were unrelated. Denying the news, the Vijayawada GH Superintendent’s office stated that the patients died of different ailment.