Health officials and doctors in India are baffled by a mysterious disease that has taken half a thousand people to hospital and killed one in Andra Pradesh state, in the south of the country Health officers and doctors in India are baffled by a mysterious disease that has taken half a thousand people to hospital and killed one in Andra Pradesh state , in the south of the country. They first detected the disease on Saturday night in Eluru, an ancient city famous for its hand-woven textiles. People suddenly began to have seizures, public health director Geetha Prasadini said. Many recovered and were discharged, but 148 were still in treatment, government spokesman Dasari Nagarjuna said. The country’s leading scientific institutes have sent teams of experts to the city. Different hypotheses have been suggested and tested, the most recent being that it is a contamination of food by pesticides.» But no one knows,» Prasadini said. All have tested negative for COVID-19 and other virosic diseases such as dengue, chikungunya or herpes. They are not related or live in the same area. They are of all ages, including about 70 children, but few are elderly. The first suspect was contaminated water. But the prime minister’s office confirmed that among the sick there are people who do not consume the water of the municipal system, and initial tests did not reveal the presence of harmful chemicals. A 45-year-old man was hospitalized with epilepsy-like symptoms and died Sunday night, doctors said. According to Prasadini, the autopsy did not allow the cause of death to be determined.