Mystery Illness Hospitalizes 300 in Asia, One Year After COVID Began

This year has been one of the most ridiculous and frustrating experiences that many of us will ever endure, as an overwhelming air of adversity appeared to permeate every layer of American society.

The list of strange and worrisome events is long, and in review, it’s amazing that we made it through any of them, let aloneĀ all of ’em.

Yet, here we are, about to turn the page into 2021 and, what is hopefully a far cheerier chapter in world history.

But first, we have a new mystery illness coming out of Asia.

A “mystery” illness linked to one death put more than 300 people in the hospital over the weekend in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Dozens of residents in Eluru city started falling ill on Saturday night, with some losing consciousness.

The patients reported symptoms similar to those associated with epilepsy, including headaches, nausea, vomiting and seizures. The number of patients rose sharply throughout Sunday. By Monday morning 315 people were in a local hospital. More than 150 patients were released after treatment, but that left about half of those who were admitted with the unexplained illness still in Eluru’s hospital.

A 45-year-old man who was brought in on Sunday morning with nausea and seizures died, but doctors said he had recovered from the epilepsy-like symptoms and died of other causes, according to the Indian news outlet, Scroll.

China’s lack of disclosure during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, combined with their recent skirmishes involving Indian soldiers, may reignite a number of conspiracy theories about Beijing’s horrid humanitarian record and their willingness to allow disease to bolster their international interests.