Sleeping sickness: Kalachi is a village in northern Kazakhstan that fell asleep!

For the last two years the residents have been falling into unexplained bouts of sleep – sometimes for weeks at a time. With no cause yet identified.

Are there some weird little experiments done on the inhabitants of this small isolated town?

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The ailment first struck in the village in the spring of 2013 and has affected over 120 residents – around a quarter of Kalachi’s population. The latest two incidents – which hit on 1 March – have increased the total number of cases to 152. Some have been struck several times by this sleeping illness.

For two years, residents have been falling into comas and suffering debilitating symptoms – dizziness, nausea, blinding headaches and memory loss – as a result.

The ‘sleeping sickness’ is baffling doctors and scientists alike who have tested increased levels of radiation; carbon monoxide; radon and a build up of heavy metal salts which can be toxic.

Scientists say radiation is within permissible levels, as is the concentration of heavy metal salts. Elevated levels of radon and carbon monoxide were detected but later ruled out as a cause.

Some houses of the affected residents have carbon monoxide levels that were ten times higher than recommended. This he said, could have caused similar symptoms to the “sleeping sickness”.

In the absence of hard scientific facts, many residents are convinced they know the source of the problem: the disused Soviet-era uranium mine on the village’s doorstep.

By the end of last year over 20,000 laboratory and clinical test had been conducted – on the air, soil, water, food, animals, building materials, and on the residents themselves. The tests are ongoing.

But, up to now, nothing has been firmly stated as the source of this mysterious sleeping illness.

So do you think they are running health experiments on a secluded village?

From: The village that fell asleep: mystery illness perplexes Kazakh scientists – The Guardian

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