The police and health officials stated that they shifted the patients to the Eluru government general hospital as soon as they got to know about it. Initially it seemed that this problem was caused by water.
The outbreak's one fatality involves a 45-year-old man, a public health director said on Monday. He instructed the officials to create awareness among the people and to call 104, 108 in the case of any problem to receive medical aid as early as possible.
Dr P K Sankaran of AIIMS Mangalagiri told reporters: "Various types of tests, including to check any poisoning of food or water, are being conducted and we will notify the results once these are out".
A report in The New Indian Express quoted Eluru Government Hospital superintendent Mohan Rao as saying that the affected persons were admitted after suffering from convulsions and mild headaches and some also fainted after vomiting.
COVID-19 is not the cause of these hospitalisations, either, as all the patients tested negative for coronavirus. Additional doctors and medical staff were posted at the Eluru government hospital.
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A report released by the district collector said that as many as 340 people fell sick with complaints of giddiness and epilepsy since Saturday night, out of which 157 are still undergoing treatment.
Blood samples taken from the patients didn't indicate a viral infection, according to the state's Health Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas.
The Chief Minister assured the patients that the government will stand by them.
Meanwhile, a team of medical and health experts have been rushed to Eluru. "Of the 300-odd affected, about 125 have been discharged by Sunday evening", he added.
(MENAFN - Khaama Press) ANDHRA PRADESH, India - At least one person has died and 227 have been hospitalized by an unidentified illness in India's southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, according to sources, causing a widespread concern among locals. The Govt's negligence & the deterioration of healthcare services across AP stands exposed today.