the first cases of the disease emerged in the town of Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, over the weekend.
The patients suffered from symptoms ranging from nausea and anxiety to seizures, convulsions and loss of consciousness, but they had tested negative for COVID-19[feminine[feminine.
According to Indian media, traces of heavy metals, such as lead and nickel, have been found in the blood samples of at least 10 affected people.
The director of the government hospital in Eluru, Dr AV Mohan, told the Indian Express: “The size of the sample that we urgently sent to AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi) was small, but their report indicates the presence of heavy metals like lead and nickel. in patients’ blood samples.
“We have sent more samples and their reports are awaited. ”
Dr Mohan said only 84 people are still in the hospital and will be released from the hospital soon.
Katamaneni Bhaskar, Commissioner for Health of Andhra Pradesh, said: “We have tentatively identified the root cause of the strange phenomenon, but it is not yet clear how and why it happened.
“For example, chemicals are found in patients’ bodies but not in water or in any food substance. ”
Sky Indian producer Neville Lazarus said further testing is underway by the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and other institutes, with results expected soon.
Hospital officials said 555 people had been treated for the disease since it emerged on Saturday and, although most recovered quickly, a 45-year-old man had died from the disease.
India’s healthcare system is already under strain due to the growing number of coronavirus case in the country.
According to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks the pandemic around the world, India has recorded more than 9.7 million cases, just behind the United States.
More than 140,500 people have died from the virus – the third-worst number behind the United States and Brazil.
Andhra Pradesh has been hit hard by the virus, with more than 872,000 cases detected and more than 7,000 deaths.