Mystery illness killing dozens of children – scientists scramble as hospitals overwhelmed

A MYSTERY ILLNESS is rapidly spreading through a northern state of India, killing dozens of children as well as adults and threatening to overwhelm hospitals.

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Scientists in Uttar Pradesh are scrambling to find answers, as more than 50 deaths have been reported in the last week. Several hundred more are said to have been admitted to hospital. Many of them complained of joint pains, headaches, dehydration and nausea.

In some cases, the patients also suffer from declining platelets, a crucial part of the circulation system that can cause blood to clot.

Some experts believe dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, could be the cause.

They say the symptom of declining platelets characterises as a severe form of dengue.

Scenes at Firozabad medical college showed rows of children in the hospital wards accompanied by worried parents.

India is facing a nightmare situation

India is facing a nightmare situation (Image: GETTY)

Dozens of children have died

Dozens of children have died (Image: GETTY)

A father of a six-year-old boy, who succumbed after three days of high fever, told NDTV that he was not able to make it to the hospital in Agra.

He said: “Ten minutes before we reached Agra, he breathed his last.”

Cases have been reported from Firozabad, Agra, Mathura, Mainpuri, Etah, and Kasganj districts of the state.

All of the patients have been tested for coronavirus, and no link has been found between the two illnesses so far.

Neeta Kulshrestha, the most senior health official of Firozabad district, said: “The patients, especially children, in hospitals are dying very quickly”.

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Experts say it could be linked with mosquitos

Experts say it could be linked with mosquitos (Image: GETTY)

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath pledged to help families of people with the disease.

He said: “The dedicated COVID-19 ward at the district hospital of Firozabad is reserved for patients suffering from this fever.”

Mr Adityanath said that the first cases with the illness was detected on 18 August, adding that teams would be formed to conduct a probe.

He added: “Due to lack of awareness at the local level, the patients were taken to private hospitals and clinics.

“After learning about the fever, the health department and administration appraised authorities of the situation at the state level,” the chief minister told reporters.

“Directions have been issued to ensure adequate manpower at medical colleges.”

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The illness is affecting adults also

The illness is affecting adults also (Image: GETTY)

India is still battling COVID-19

India is still battling COVID-19 (Image: GETTY)

It comes as the country is already fighting a hard battle with COVID-19, particularly the Delta strain and threatens to overwhelm hospitals.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection, found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.

Transmitted by female mosquitoes, dengue is mainly a tropical disease and has been circulating in India for hundreds of years.

While many infections produce only mild illness, cases can develop potentially lethal complications.

According to the World Health Organisation, in its most severe form, there is no specific treatment.

Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Manish Asija from Firozabad, one of the worst-affected regions, said on Monday that 40 children have died in the past few days in the district alone.

Mr Asija called the situation alarming and said the reasons could be “water-logging, lack of sanitation and hygiene are the reasons behind the disease spread.”

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