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hmm this is strange Town Hit by Sleeping Illness Finally Gets Answer but No Resolution

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A file photo of someone sleeping. (Image via AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

The mysterious sleeping sickness that has befallen dozens of villagers in a remote region of Kazakhstan continues to befuddle scientists. Following reports of victims passing out in schools, at home, and even on a motorcycle, and sometimes failing to snap out of it for days at a time, scientists descended on the 600-person village of Kalachi. 

And while the ruling last week by local officials is carbon monoxide poisoning, reports the Astana Times, scientists aren’t convinced. 

Meningitis has been ruled out, and while bad vodka was at first considered a culprit, doctors say those who’ve fallen ill didn’t have any, reports the Diplomat. Either way, the Kazakh government has decided to relocate villagers in case the mine is indeed to blame. (Villagers say the relocation is causing its own headache.)



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