Fear of India’s “mystery fever” after 50 people, including children, died within a week

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Fear of India's “mystery fever” after 50 people, including children, died within a week


A “mystery fever” in northern India has killed 50 people, including children, while scientists try to find the cause.

Many of the sufferers complained of high fever, headache and nausea, and hundreds had to be hospitalized in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

None of the deceased tested positive for Covid-19, so the possibility of a new “mystery fever” has set off the alarm, reports the BBC.

Medical experts in some counties believe the deaths were due to dengue, a viral infection carried by mosquitoes.

In the Firozabad district, 40 people, including 32 children, died of “mystery fever” in the past week.

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Although symptoms in patients lead experts to suggest that dengue is most likely responsible for the deaths in northern India, this is far from conclusive.

If tests are not used to track and diagnose the infected, it will be difficult to get them under control.

An Indian virologist said: “If we do not examine properly and regularly, much will remain a mystery.”

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