Health officials in Panama are puzzled over the 18 deaths caused by an unknown sickness. Of the 18, 13 died last week suffering from fever, diarrhoea and partial paralysis.
According to the Health Minister Camilo Alleyne, kidney and nervous tissue damage was detected by the tests conducted on the 18 victims, which suggested poisoning. "The studies of kidney and nervous tissue showed damage that suggests a toxic effect," Mr Alleyne said, saying there were no signs that the sickness was contagious.
The mysterious illness was reported first a month back and it seems to affect the elderly men undergoing treatment for high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disorders. Most of them were taking several treatments at a time.
The number of private patients on this drug is not known. Scientists from Panama and the U.S. working on the case have rejected diseases like dengue fever, influenza and West Nile virus.