Symptoms seen so far include nausea, anxiety and loss of consciousness, signals the AP. The disease was first detected on Saturday in the town of Eluru.
Patients who have fallen ill with the mysterious illness have tested negative for the coronavirus and other viral illnesses that could explain their symptoms. Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the disease. The water samples showed no signs of contamination and not all patients with symptoms were related to the municipal water supply.
A team of experts was sent to the region by the federal government on Monday to investigate the disease.
The Times of India reported that most of the patients were between 20 and 30 years old, although there were also children under 12.
According to the newspaper, “organochlorine pesticides” are now the most likely cause of sudden illness. According to the newspaper, these chemicals are mainly used in mosquito repellent.
Asked whether the chemical is responsible, an Indian government official told The Times: “Mostly yes, but we are awaiting the lab report.
The AP notes that Andhra Pradesh is among the states in India that have also been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 800,000 confirmed cases.