'Mystery Fever' Kills 68 People Within a Week in India
10:13 GMT 30.08.2021 (Updated: 10:38 GMT 19.07.2022)
© AP Photo / Saaliq SheikRelatives in personal protective suits bury the body of their relative who died of COVID 19 at a cemetery in Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2020
© AP Photo / Saaliq Sheik
Black fungus, white fungus, and yellow fungus - India has seen all sorts of strange diseases that lead to the loss of jaw bones, eyes, and other horrifying complications. These fungal infections have mostly been observed in people who have recently recovered from COVID-19.
A "mystery fever" that has killed nearly 70 people, including 40 children, in a week has terrified the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Most of the deceased reported high fever, dehydration, and a sudden drop in platelet count, while others had dengue symptoms.
A lot of cases are being reported from the Agra, Mathura, Mainpuri, Etah, and Kasganj districts, while Firozabad is said to be the most affected district in the state.
“The situation in the districts is alarming", Manish Asija, a member of the legislative assembly, said, adding that "waterlogging, lack of sanitation and hygiene are the reasons behind the disease spread".
The Times of India reported that 72 children out of 135 are fighting for their lives at the Firozabad Medical College, with over 50 percent of them displaying dengue symptoms.
According to health officials, 12 children have succumbed to the fever in the last 24 hours alone.
“The exact cause is being studied”, the chief medical officer (CMO) of Firozabad district, Dr Neeta Kulshrestha, said.
Neeta Kulshrestha further added that all patients at government hospitals are being tested for COVID, but so far none of the viral infection cases can be linked.
“Viral fever patients are being admitted in COVID-19 wards. Doctors and paramedics are on alert. The intensity of the fever is worrying. Children are taking two weeks to recover”, Firozabad Medical College’s Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) Dr Hansraj Singh lamented, saying that the number of beds has been increased.