Medical camps set up, paramedical teams deployed as mysterious disease hits Andhra’s Eluru


As many as 62 medical camps have been established and paramedical teams deployed to conduct house to house surveillance after a mysterious illness broke out in Andhra’s Eluru.

Sixty-two medical camps have been set up in all the 62 ward secretariats in the Eluru municipality.

In the surveillance, it was observed that few cases from the same areas were reported and treated in private hospitals in the last week.

Paramedical teams were deployed to conduct house to house surveillance. Round the clock medical camps were established with medical and paramedical staff.

Fifteen units of 108 ambulance services have been arranged in the Eluru municipal jurisdiction at various places for shifting of patients in view of emergencies.

Sanitation activities are rigorously done in areas where cases have been reoporter.

Five general physicians and two pediatricians, 12 interns from ASRAM have been deployed in the district hospital to render health services round the clock.

One team of doctors from GGH Vijayawada has been deployed since December 5.

A six-member state-level team is also deployed to assist and evaluate the situation at Vijayawada.

Three scan or diagnostic centres were arranged for CT scan and other essential investigations.

Water samples are being collected and tested. Reports are within the normal limits.

The following parameters are checked for the following elements – Calcium, Magnesium, Ammoniacal Nitrogen, Nitrites, Sulphates, Chloride, Fluoride and Iron and TDS also normal.

WHAT’S DONE SO FAR

  • Water samples sent for heavy metal analysis.
  • Nine units of milk samples from the affected areas have been sent for testing.
  • Rapid antigen test was done and reported negative for Covid-19
  • Random sampling CSF samples were taken and reports are normal.
  • Blood samples that were taken for Hb, CBP, LFT, RFT and GRBS- all are normal.
  • Blood samples were inoculated, and reports are awaited.
  • Viral markers for IgM ELISA, for Chikungunya, Dengue, HSV-2 and all samples reported negative.

ONSET OF THE OUTBREAK

On December 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm, a 45-year-old male reported convulsions from Kandrika Gudem in Eluru municipality area. The patient had no previous history of fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, head injury, or trauma.

From 5 pm onwards, mass causality with convulsions was reported with no previous history of seizures or other neurological conditions but very few cases reported vomiting within the Eluru Municipality.

A total of 100 cases reported with similar symptoms was reported with a peak observed from 7 pm to 11 pm.

TIMELINE

  • On December 6, 210 cases reported.
  • On December 7, 30 cases reported.
  • A total of 340 cases reported so far.
  • 168 discharges and 1 death reported so far.
  • 171 patients currently admitted.
  • 34 ward secretariats out of 62, in Eluru municipality, reported a total number of 340 cases among 84,312 population.
  • More cases reported from Southern street and Gollayagudem-01.
  • Age analysis- 16-30 years age group affected more.
  • Gender wise – Males affected more

All these cases were found to have a common source of water supply from Pampula cheruvu.

An expert team from AIIMS consisting of a microbiologist, physician, pathologist visited and interacted with patients and examined in detail, and decided to collect Blood, Urine, CSF, and RT-PCR samples randomly among the patients. Blood and urine samples will be sent to Delhi for evaluation.

Samples are sent to CCMB, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad for analysis.

Samples are also sent to AIIMS New Delhi.

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

Over 350 have fallen sick ill one dead following a mysterious illness in Eluru city of Andhra Pradesh. As many as 76 people have been moved to a hospital since Sunday night, taking the number of sick to over 350.

So far, 186 have been discharged from the hospital while 164 are still under treatment, officials said.

A 45-year-old man, who was admitted to the GGH in Eluru this morning with symptoms of nausea and epilepsy, had died on Sunday evening.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will leave for Eluru on Monday and visit the hospital where the sick have been admitted. The Andhra CM will also hold a meeting with district officials.

In wake of the situation, the administration has declared a holiday in educational institutions across Eluru. A 24×7 control room has been set up in the Eluru Municipal Corporation office. Milk samples also collected at random and sent for examination in Vijayawada.

A team of doctors from AIIMS Mangalgiri, scientists of National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology have been sent to Eluru to ascertain the source of illness.

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