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Feb 11, 2015

14:00:41 GMT--Biological Hazard - Asia - Kazakhstan

EDIS Number: BH-20141217-46355-KAZ

Date / time: 17/12/2014 04:37:58 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: Asia

Country: Kazakhstan

State/County: State of Aqmola

Location: Kalachi

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


A mysterious sleeping illness has fallen on the residents of a remote Kazakhstan village which caused suffers to sleep for days at a time. For the past four years, residents in the village of Kalachi have been afflicted by the disorder, which also causes dizziness, nausea, hallucinations and memory loss. So far more than 100 of the town's 600 residents have experienced the illness, the Russian Times reports. "I'm weak, my legs feel heavy, as if I'm wearing a hundred pairs of boots, and my head is spinning," one sufferer said. Other patients claim they behave "like they're drunk" and that it's difficult to call for help as "your tongue gets twisted". In a recent case, an ambulance worker told the news agency that 20 people fainted and slept for several days: "At least 60 at once in the winter ... we laid them in rows". Doctors claim the illness is caused by excessive fluid on the brain, but many locals believe toxic wind emanating from a nearby uranium mine - which has since been shut down - may be behind the mystery. However, former mine workers have not experienced the disorder. A test of the village's water, soil and vegetation supply has not identified anything unusual or abnormal.

Event updates:

Situation Update No. 2 on 2015-02-06 at 14:00:32.

Situation Update No. 1 on 2015-01-08 at 04:45:32.

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