• Спецпроекты
  • Weather forecast
    • Exchange Rates
    • 426.99
    • 514.35
    • 5.72
  • SEND YOUR NEWS TO US WhatsApp +7 (777) 001 44 99
  1. Main
  2. Learn
  3. Life
  4. Health

No Grimm Brother's Tale: Sleep syndrome in Akmola Oblast 05 февраля 2014, 16:28

It is certainly not a Brothers Grimm’s fairy tail, but a reality of Kalachi village in Akmola Oblast where people have started falling asleep for no obvious reason.
  • ПОДЕЛИТЬСЯ
  • Vkontakte
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Одноклассники
  • Telegram
Новостью поделились: человек

© Marat Abilov © Marat Abilov
There was no poisoned apple or evil queen. It is certainly not a Brothers Grimm’s fairy tail, but a reality of Kalachi village in Akmola Region where people have started falling asleep for no obvious reason. The first cases of sleep syndrome took place in March and April of 2013 when around 10 local residents came to the clinic with similar symptoms. The ages differed from 14 to 70, but all of them suffered from drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, loss of coordination and partial loss of memory. Later in January 2014 more residents of the village complained about sleepiness. The Head Doctor of the Yesil District Hospital Kabdrashit Almagambetov said that there were seven patients, including two children, receiving medical treatment at the hospital. “The symptoms are weakness, drowsiness, numbness, lethargy and disorientation. They sleep for 2 days straight. We are conducting a treatment of excessive sleepiness to improve brain nutrition and cerebral circulation,” said Dr. Almagambetov. No one knows what causes the sleep syndrome. The Disease Control and Prevention Center of Kazakhstan took samples of air, soil and water to test for all possible viruses, but they returned clear. Radiation background of the village and the surrounding territories was also measured. The results did not give any answers. Nothing abnormal was detected. The blood tests did not give any results either. And the psychologists and psychiatrists who examined the patients did not find any psychological disorders. Some locals believe that the depleted abandoned uranium mines not far from the village are the cause, or so-called “the poisoned apple” that caused the sleep syndrome. The only pattern that has been identified is that syndrome strikes the Kalachi village in times when the outside temperature surges upwards in a sharp spike. Doctors do not believe that the strange illness has any connection with the abandoned uranium production. “The patients from the Kalachi village are those who were working in the village (not in the mines) and have never come in contact with the uranium mines. While the residents of the Krasnogorsk village who did work in the mines before have never showed these symptoms and have not turned to us,” the perplexed doctor said. It may look a fairy tail, but it is certainly is a nightmare for the parents as they are afraid to let their children go to school. The symptoms are sudden and there is not way to predict when and who the sleep syndrome is going to strike next. “The first one was a 9th grade student who fell asleep, you know he started having hallucinations (…) Some of the symptoms resembled a stroke, but it was not a stroke. Several adults and two children were in the intensive care with continues hallucinations,” a local resident Nadezhda Yakimova said. The mystery of the sleep syndrome is yet to be solved. Hopefully, the doctors will find a solution for the syndrome to awaken the residents from their slumber and end their fears soon. By Gyuzel Kamalova


Nobel prizewinner proposes a new city in KZ
New abnormal snowfalls expected in Kazakhstan
Huge glacier retreat triggered in 1940s
Hyperloop construction begins in Las Vegas
"Moonlight" to top Spirit Awards nominations
Oil prices fall due to investors uncertainty
New dwarf galaxy discovered around Milky Way
Kanat Islam becomes a top ten WBO boxer
World oil prices continue to rise
Kazakhstan expects warming - Kazhydromet
Merkel to seek fourth term as chancellor
Sale of Tintin drawings set to break records
US, EU stocks fall as markets focus on dollar
Pacific leaders urged to defend free trade
EU warns eight nations on budget deficit
Universiade-2017: Athletic Village is ready
Bob Dylan can't make Nobel ceremony
Messi will never leave Barca - club president
Google, Facebook take aim at 'fake' news
Aerosmith announces Europe 'farewell' tour
Putin, Trump to normalise US-Russia ties
At least 10 hurt in southern Turkey blast
6.2 quake hits western Japan