Sleepy Hollow reborn: Kazakhstan villagers report new cases of mysterious disorder — RT News

New cases of the inexplicable disorder, dubbed “Sleepy Hollow,” have appeared in Kalachi, the village in Kazakhstan where every tenth villager, including children, has mysteriously fallen asleep in broad daylight, some unable to wake up for days on end.

“The ninth wave of the disease has started,” Amanbek Kalzhanov, head of the administration of Esil district, told Interfax. “Yesterday two people – a man and a woman – became sick. Since the outbreak of the disease 120 people have fallen ill.”

According to Kalzhanov, the overall situation in Kalachi, a village in northern Kazakhstan, is under control. The local hospital is fully operational, along with a school, attended by about 40 students.

Meanwhile, most of the inhabitants of the village, which used to be home to over 600 residents, have agreed to move to other areas, local official Sergey Kulagin said.

Sleepy Hollow reborn: Kazakhstan villagers report new cases of mysterious disorder — RT News

The first cases of the “sleeping epidemic” were reported in March 2013. Everyone in the village has a family member or a friend who has fallen asleep for no apparent reason, according to locals.

“If you try to wake him, it seems he wants to open his eyes – but can’t. He’s sleeping and sleeping…” Igor Samusenko, father of a child who is suffering from the illness, earlier told RTD.

“I’m weak, my legs feel heavy, as if I’m wearing a hundred pairs of boots, and my head is spinning,” a woman told RTD. Other patients may behave “like they’re drunk.”

Sleepy Hollow reborn: Kazakhstan villagers report new cases of mysterious disorder — RT News

Despite numerous attempts to find the cause of the inexplicable disorder, the Sleepy Hollow riddle still remains unknown.

Groups of scientists and medics, including virologists, radiologists and toxicologists, have visited the village in an attempt to find the cause of the mystery illness, all in vain.

Last month Professor Leonid Rikhvanov, from the Department of Geo-ecology and Geo-chemistry in the city of Tomsk, said that Soviet-era uranium mines could be to blame, with radon gas from the nearby mines seeping to the surface, poisoning local residents.

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