A mysterious disease has broken out in India, resulting in the death of one person and the hospitalisation of more than 400 people in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The new disease was first discovered last weekend, when many patients with symptoms showed up in hospital. The Times of India reported that BJP GVL MP Narasimha Rao said scientists at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences are studying the cause of this mysterious disease and testing patients for neurotoxins.
Many of the patients were children and people under the age of 70. Patients suffer from many symptoms such as headaches, nausea, burning eyes, loss of consciousness, convulsions and cramps.
COVID-19 and other possible diseases were excluded as causes because all patients were examined.
Officials responding to a mysterious illness
TDP National Secretary-General N. Lokesh said experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences are investigating the possibility of exposure to toxic organochlorine substances.
Organic chlorine is an organic compound used in many environmentally friendly applications. Organochlorinated substances are highly toxic to humans, animals and plants.
According to the National Information Centre for Pesticides, chlorinated organic substances can be absorbed through the lungs, stomach and skin. Symptoms of organochlorine poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, tremors, respiratory arrest, convulsions and coma.
According to CNN, Dolla Joshi Roy, an observer from the West Godawari district of Eluru, said the mysterious disease may have been caused by water poisoning. Water samples have been taken from thousands of houses, but so far nothing has been found in the water.
TDP National Secretary General Nara Lokes visited the patients affected by the disease and the district. Lokesh accused the government of very poor hygiene conditions and of hiding the facts about what was going on.
Water pollution can be the cause of a mysterious disease
The former Prime Minister of Andhra Pradesh and current opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu believe that government officials lie about water pollution.
On Twitter, Naidoo said the Eluru water incident requires the declaration of a health emergency in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Could there be a worse and more important failure than this one? The Eluru water incident requires the declaration of a health emergency in the state of Andhra Pradesh. That’s enough. (2/3)
– N Chandrababu Naidu #StayHomeSaveLives (@ncbn) 6. December 2020
Polluted water in India
India is facing a serious water pollution crisis that affects millions of people in rural and urban areas every year. Without long-term water management, countries pollute rivers with untreated wastewater, industrial waste, burnt bodies and dead animals. Indian citizens use water for personal hygiene, cooking, drinking and religious rituals in daily life.
Due to the poor water quality in India, 38 million Indians suffer from water-borne diseases every year. Indian waterborne diseases include typhoid, cholera, hepatitis E (HEV) and parasitic diseases. The effects of water pollution also increase the risk of unwanted pregnancy and birth defects. In the Punjabi cities of Batinda there is an increase in birth defects due to the deposition of uranium in water from industrial waste.
Air pollution causesDiseases
Air pollution is another serious problem in India, where 21 cities are on the list of the worst cities in the world. According to the World Health Organization, India is 20 times safer than acceptable. In India, air pollution is caused by industry, vehicles and the burning of crops.
This causes about 2 million deaths a year in India.
The American National Academy of Sciences reports that air pollution affects both urban and rural areas in India. Satellite data show the air quality in India at PM2.5. The level of PM2.5 is a term used for fine particles in the air that can only be seen with a microscope. The level is caused by solid and liquid fuels. It is recommended that people who take PM2.5 stay at home, but this is not possible for people in India.
Air pollution in India has been associated with premature death, multiple cancers, respiratory diseases, long-term nerve damage and birth defects. Children exposed to high levels of air pollution suffer from asthma, learning difficulties, mental illness and many medical problems.
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