“Mysterious fever” kills 68 people in a week in India

Black fungus, white fungus, yellow fungus – India has seen all sorts of strange diseases that lead to loss of jaw bones, eyes and other horrific complications. These fungal infections have mostly been seen in people recently recovered from COVID-19.

“Mysterious fever,” from which about 70 people, including 40 children, died in a week, has rattled the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Most of those who died reported high fever, dehydration and a sudden drop in platelet count, while others had symptoms of dengue.

Many cases have been reported in Agra, Mathura, Mainpuri, Etah and Kasganj districts, while Firozabad is considered the most affected district in the state.

“The situation in the districts is alarming,” said Assemblyman Manish Asija, who added that “waterlogging, lack of sanitation and hygiene are the reasons for the spread of the disease.”

The Times of India reported that 72 children out of 135 are fighting for their lives at Firozabad Medical College, with more than 50 percent showing symptoms of dengue.

Health officials said 12 children have died of the fever in the past 24 hours alone.

“The exact cause of the disease is being investigated,” said Firozabad District Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nita Kulshrestha.

Nita Kulshrestha added that all public hospital patients are being tested for COVID, but so far no cases of viral infection can be linked.

“Patients with viral fever are admitted to rooms with COVID-19. Doctors and medics are on alert. The intensity of the fever is worrisome. It takes two weeks for children to recover,” lamented Dr. Hansraj Singh, chief medical officer of Firozabad Medical College, saying that the number of beds has been increased.

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