Komirepalli (Andhra Pradesh)- Following the emergence of mysterious illness cases in Eluru in December and Pulla recently, similar ailments appear to have spread to Komirepalli village in Andhra Pradesh's West Godavari district on Friday.
Komirepalli is 17 km south west of Pulla, where around 30 cases emerged recently, with symptoms such as fainting, frothing, convulsions, vomiting, among others.
Health Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas said upto 22 cases emerged in Komirepalli village since Thursday midnight, which is 15 km north east of Eluru , where hundreds of such cases had earlier shocked the nation.
On Friday, chief secretary Aditya Nath Das and other senior officials visited the homes of people who fell sick to the mysterious illness which is plaguing the district regularly.
Das spoke to the patients and tried to understand how they contracted the disease which is causing people to suddenly collapse.
"As people are panicking, the chief minister told us to immediately go visit the place and review the situation. What should be the next course of action and to instill some assurance to the patients," said Das.
He said that the government is taking the matter very seriously as it is recurring soon after similar incidents in Eluru and Pulla.
"We have taken all the samples. We have not found anything in the water. We will check the earlier reports, including the current one," he said.
Das said the government is striving to provide immediate relief to the people affected.
Srinivas said seven ambulances were kept on standby, along with two medical camps, 10 medical officers and ANMs in the village.
To cater to serious cases, a special ward has been arranged in Eluru.
According to the health minister, Komirepalli has a population of 700 which has seen the cases emerge from a certain pocket.
He said six people who suffered the illness recovered from it already and most of them are doing fine now.
Srinivas and local Denduluru MLA Abbaya Chowdary met some of the victims at their homes and spoke to them.
"Some victims said they ate chicken, some vegetables. Even in the case of food, there was no common pattern such as people eating at one specific function or a hotel," said the minister.
Earlier on Friday, Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the situation and dispatched Das and other senior officials to Komirepalli.
Meanwhile, Srinivas expressed anguish that some Janasena cadres tried to block the relief operations as officials were struggling to move the patients for treatment. (IANS)
Eluru (Andhra Pradesh), Jan 20 (IANS) The mysterious illness cases in Andhra Pradesh's Pulla village in West Godavari district rose up to 29 by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, however, the active ones were only six, said health officials."No new cases since midnight," West Godavari district joint collector Himanshu Shukla told IANS.Pulla, where the mysterious illness cases are being reported from Monday, is 30 km north east of the Eluru townOf the six active cases, two are admitted in Pulla primary health centre and four in Eluru district hospital.As many as 23 cases have been discharged until now, even as nearly 100 hospital beds have been arranged at Pulla, Bhimadolu and Eluru.The district administration deputed three general physicians, 17 PHC doctors, 10 ANMs and 30 asha workers.The affected patients exhibited symptoms similar to the Eluru cases such as fainting, frothing, convulsions, vomiting and others.This development comes within just a months' time in the same district.However, most of the patients have recovered within hours after being affected by the mysterious illness.On Tuesday, Health Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas visited Pulla health centre. He said experts will determine why these cases have come up.--IANSsth/in/dpb
Pulla (Andhra Pradesh), Jan 19 (IANS) Bringing back memories of December's mysterious illness in Andhra Pradesh's Eluru in West Godavari district, Pulla village has seen 24 such cases of convulsions till 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.Pulla is 30 km north east of Eluru town where the mysterious illness cases are being reported from Monday."Total cases reported so far, 24, active cases, three," said an official. Out of the active cases, two are currently admitted in Pulla primary health centre while one more case has been referred to the district hospital in Eluru. As many as 21 people have been discharged. According to officials, 15 beds have been made ready at Pulla PHC, 30 in Bhimadole and 50 in Eluru to admit future cases. The affected patients exhibited symptoms similar to the Eluru cases such as fainting, frothing, convulsions, vomiting and others. --IANSsth/ash
अमरावती, 17 दिसंबर। पश्चिम गोदावरी जिला मुख्यालय एलुरु में रहस्यमयी बीमारी के फैलने के पीछे कारण कीटनाशक के अवशेष थे। राज्य सरकार ने अपने बयान में अखिल भारतीय आयुर्विज्ञान संस्थान (एम्स) और अन्य संगठनों के हवाले से यह बात कही है।
इसमें कहा गया है, विशेषज्ञों ने कहा है कि यह समझने के लिए दीर्घकालिक अध्ययन की जरूरत है कि कीटनाशकों के इन अवशेषों ने मानव शरीर में कैसे प्रवेश किया।
मुख्यमंत्री वाई.एस. जगनमोहन रेड्डी ने एम्स, और भारतीय रासायनिक प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान (आईआईसीटी) को यह जिम्मेदारी सौंपी है। उन्होंने रहस्यमयी बीमारी को लेकर विशेषज्ञों के साथ एक वीडियो कॉन्फ्रेंस भी की। मुख्यमंत्री ने अधिकारियों को पश्चिम गोदावरी के सभी जिलों में सभी स्रोतों से पीने के पानी के नमूने लेने और उनका परीक्षण करने के भी निर्देश दिए।
उन्होंने कहा है, नमूनों को व्यवस्थित रूप से इकट्ठा करके विशेषज्ञों के मार्गदर्शन में उनका विश्लेषण किया जाना चाहिए। एम्स और आईआईसीटी को एलुरु में प्रकोप के कारणों पर दीर्घकालिक अध्ययन करना चाहिए। मैंने मुख्य सचिव से इसके लिए एक कार्य योजना तैयार करने के लिए कहा है।
रेड्डी ने यह भी कहा कि जैविक खेती को प्रोत्साहित करना चाहिए और किसानों में इसके लिए जागरूकता पैदा करनी चाहिए। (आईएएनएस)
Amaravati, Dec 16 (IANS) The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and other organisations on Wednesday have found that pesticide residues were the reason for the outbreak of the mysterious illness in Andhra Pradesh's West Godavari district headquarters Eluru, a state government statement said."The experts said a long term in-depth study is required to understand how these residues of pesticides entered the human body," it said.Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has entrusted this responsibility to AIIMS, and the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT).He held a video conference with experts on the mysterious illness.The CM also instructed officials to conduct tests across West Godavari, including on drinking water samples from all sources in all the districts."The samples should be collected systematically and should be analysed with experts. AIIMS and IICT should conduct a deep study in the long term on the causes of the outbreak in Eluru. I have asked the Chief Secretary to prepare an action plan for this," he said.Reddy also said that organic farming should be encouraged and awareness created on this among farmers. --IANSsth/vd
<br>However, the small city is recovering from the horror it suffered, with no new cases in the past 48 hours."In the district hospital we don't have any patients. We have not received any patient for the last 48 hours. In Vijayawada government hospital, only four patients are remaining," West Godavari district joint collector Himanshu Shukla told IANS.In total, 622 people were struck by the mysterious illness which had symptoms such as three to five minutes of epileptic fits without repetition, forgetfulness, anxiety, vomiting, headache and back pain."I think the situation is under control. We also got results on the tests done on fish samples which were not the source of the illness," he said.Shukla has also clarified that the mysterious illness was not a virus.Thanks to the scourge, Eluru attracted medical experts from far and wide, putting the town under national focus.Experts arrived from the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the National Institute of Virology, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), AIIMS and others.A short tour of the city exposes the sorry state of irrigation canals, which are in a filthy condition with polluted water.Tammileru and other canals in Eluru are in a pathetic condition with water so polluted that they turned green, unfit for consumption or irrigation.A short conversation with local people had also revealed how dissatisfied they were with the municipal water supply, which was found to be infested with organochlorine pesticide.Despite the wrong reason which put Eluru under the scanner, the town has a rich past.What many people do not know is about Eluru's contribution to the financial and administrative world in the form of Duvvuri Subba Rao, former RBI governor.Rao succeeded Y. V. Reddy at the apex bank in 2008 during the recession and continued till 2013 when Raghuram Rajan replaced him.Initially, he studied in a local Telugu medium school in Eluru, before moving to Korukonda Sainik School and eventually topped the prestigious Union Public Service Commission exams in 1972 to become and IAS officer.In 2008, he was promoted from the role of finance secretary to RBI governor.Coincidentally, the current district collector of West Godavari, Revu Mutyala Raju, who is stationed in Eluru had also topped UPSC in 2007.Home to a junction of canal systems, Eluru, historically known as Helapuri, was under the rule of Eastern Chalukyas between 700 and 1200 A. D. It later became a part of the Kalinga empire until 1471.Later on, Eluru changed hands between the Gajapathis and Sri Krishna Devarayas, Sultan of Golconda and finally established as the district headquarters under the British Raj in 1925.The city is also famous for carpets, which were believed to have been introduced by weavers from the Middle East. (Sharon Thambala can be contacted at [email protected]) --IANS<br> sth/ash