First noted in 2010, residents of the small village of Kalachi have been plagued by the ‘sleeping sickness’ illness which often causes people to remain comatose for days. They can fall asleep without warning, lying on the street with their shopping, at work, or going about their normal routine. After waking, they experience hallucination and disorientation.
Scientists around the world are baffled, but locals have noted a correlation with winds blowing in from an abandoned Soviet uranium mine which provided nuclear materials for reactors and weapons during the Cold War.
Almost a quarter of Kalachi's residents have been struck down at least once by the disease, some as many as six times. The bizarre illness does not seem to discriminate, with people of all ages affected, as well as animals.
The head of research at the Kazakhstan national nuclear centre’s institute for radiation safety reports that concentrations of radon at that particular place are four or five times normal.
Some say there is a correlation with wind direction.
Viral and bacterial tests have ruled out known diseases.
Researchers have discounted underground gas and the local mobile phone tower.
Unexplained high levels of carbon monoxide having been reported in the air.
There is a theory that water from the disused uranium mine is seeping into domestic water supplies, but no evidence has confirmed it.
Other theories put forward include carbon monoxide poisoning and even mass hysteria.
The long-term effects of the disease are unknown and so far unstudied.
Local authorities will start evacuating people from the village, as the situation shows no sign of abating. Priority is being given to the families who have children in the village, with officials saying they plan to close off the entire village by May. Currently the relocation is voluntary. Source: WND.
This condition is different from the natural disease generally known as sleeping sickness. The African trypanosomiasis is a parasitic infection transmitted by tsetse flies which are found in 36 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The infection attacks the central nervous system, causing severe neurological disorders. Without treatment the disease is fatal.
The unnatural condition affecting people in the Russian landscape is the lingering outcome of war. Mankind has a lot to answer for. If only we could learn.