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‘Mystery Fever’ Infects Hundreds in India’s Uttar Pradesh, More Than 100 Deaths Estimated

© AFP 2022 / INDRANIL MUKHERJEEA health worker takes the body temperature of incoming passengers at a railway terminus following restrictions imposed by the state government amidst rising Covid-19 coronavirus cases Mumbai on April 7, 2021
A health worker takes the body temperature of incoming passengers at a railway terminus following restrictions imposed by the state government amidst rising Covid-19 coronavirus cases Mumbai on April 7, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.09.2021
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The "mystery fever" in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh continues to wreak havoc as hundreds of sick are admitted to hospitals. The federal government has rushed an expert team to investigate the root cause of the spread of infections.
According to reports, more than 400 people, including 40 children, have been hospitalised in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and more than 100 have died. The Indian daily 'Times of India' quoted sources saying that at least 5,000 people in the state's Firozabad district are bedridden with a fever at home or in private hospitals.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government has not yet released any official numbers.
“The government is assessing the situation as of now. State chief Yogi Adityanath is holding meetings with the state's health officials and respective districts. Various measures are being taken. The government will release concrete data after it gets to the root cause of the fever,” a state government official told Sputnik on Friday on condition of remaining anonymous.
If the media reports are to be believed, the death toll from the fever in Firozabad district has increased to 67 including 50 children, and 14 people in Mathura and eight in Mainpuri have succumbed to the fever. Apart from this, several deaths have been reported from other parts of western Uttar Pradesh.
The increasing number of cases has sparked fear among the state's inhabitants. However, the doctors are trying to control the panic by stating that these are just seasonal cases of viral fever.
​As the cases increase, the administration has suspended three doctors including a public health expert, on charges of laxity.
On Thursday, the federal ministry of health and family welfare rushed an expert team comprising officials for the National Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC) and National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) to the worst affected Firozabad district. The team will analyse the mystery fever.
A top official of the federal ministry said: "The cases are largely of dengue fever and scrub typhus."
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