♦ The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi found traces of lead and nickel in blood samples.
♦ During the preliminary investigation, nickel was detected in milk samples collected by Eluru.
♦ The main suspicion is that heavy metals pollute water.
♦ Scientists suspect that pesticides or insecticides have penetrated drinking water sources.
♦ Samples from local fish were collected.
♦ As part of the Covid-19 prevention measures, the district government and Eluru city company officials are also investigating whether excessive use of bleaching powder and chlorine in sanitation programmes will cause water pollution.
The reported symptoms include headache, vomiting, dizziness, convulsions, seizures, nausea, anxiety, loss of consciousness and other neurological symptoms.
Action taken by the Government:
The West Godavari District Administration has deployed medical teams to monitor residents of the town and nearby areas affected by mysterious diseases. The medical rescue team conducted household surveys to check people’s conditions.