According to official sources, 228 people have been hospitalised. What has baffled doctors attending them is that the patients are not related and belong to different areas of Eluru. They did not even participate or attend a common event.
Seventy patients have been discharged while 76 women and 46 children are undergoing treatment in different hospitals. Notably, most of the patients are elderly and children.
A medical expert team visited Eluru and inspected the cases to diagnose the problem. Blood samples of the patients have been tested and all reports are normal.
The patients are of different age groups. A six-year-old girl was shifted to Vijayawada after her condition worsened. An emergency medicare centre has been set up in Vijayawada as a precautionary measure.
Health minister Alla Nani on Sunday said, “Covid tests were conducted on the patients and all reports are negative.” The minister also added that 150 beds in Eluru and another 50 beds in Vijayawada are ready to deal with emergency.
“There is no threat to life and public should not worry about it as government has been taking all necessary measures. Chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy is personally monitoring the situation,” he added.
The patients belong to Kothapeta, Padamara Veedhi and Vangaya Gudem areas of the town. Alla Nani also visited the hospital and interacted with the patients.
He also directed the district medical and health officer to conduct a door-to-door survey of the affected areas and keep emergency medicines available. Special medical camps will be set up in the town, he said, adding that health teams will inspect the area and check whether contaminated food or water was consumed by the affected people.
District medical and health officer K Sunanda said all patients presented with symptoms like falling down suddenly, frothing, and shivering. Stating that the affected people recover all of sudden and again present themselves with the symptoms, she said there is no threat to any of them.