As many as 300 persons were reported sick in Eluru of Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district. State health minister A Kali Krishna Srinivas called it a “mystery illness” after initial suspision of infection due to contaminated drinking water or air pollution. The swab samples and blood samples of the infected persons have been sent for laboratory analysis.

Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has alleged that contaminated drinking water made people sick. Former CM N Chandrababu Naidu and TDP chief demanded “an impartial, full-fledged inquiry into the incident”.

The state health minister ruled out water contamination or air pollution as the cause after some of the officials visited the infected areas.

“Water samples were sent for testing and no contamination was found. Blood samples of the patients have been sent to labs. No viral infection has been detected. All the patients are COVID-19 negative. It is some mystery illness and only lab analysis will reveal what it is,” Srinivas said as quoted by The Indian Express.

“All the patients are out of danger. Of the 300-odd affected, about 125 have been discharged by Sunday evening,” he added.

While Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has scheduled a visit to Eluru on Monday, Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan enquired about the condition of the infected persons from the local administration.

Most of the cases were reported in Ashok Nagar and Arundhatipet. Ten days ago, a case of contaminated drinking water was reported in Eluru. The state government didn’t take much time to send a teams of doctors from Vijayawada to assist local doctors in Eluru.

“Medical camps are being set up to provide treatment to the patients. Door-to-door survey is being conducted to monitor their health,” Srinivas said.