The Mystery of Deadly Outbreaks in India, that baffled doctors for 20 years
For 20 years, in mid-May, in Muzaffarpur, as temperatures reached scorching heights, parents took children who had been healthy the night before to the hospital. The children awakened with a high-pitch cry in the early morning, many parents said. Then the youths began having seizures and slipping into comas. In about 40 percent of cases, they died. Every year in July, with the arrival of monsoon rains, the outbreak ended as suddenly as it began.
Clue 1 - There was no evidence the children had infections. Temperature, WBC - normal. All children had encephalopathy
Clue 2 - Most of the victims had very low blood sugar levels
Clue 3 - Affected children had huge metabolic imbalances - High levels of hypoglycin in urine
Can you solve this Medical Mystery?