An eerie small town with a disease that’s causing people to fall asleep? Sounds like a Stephen King novel to us.
Residents in Kalachi have been randomly passing out over the last two years and no-one quite knows why.
More worryingly an expert thinks the mystery illness could spread, although we probably shouldn’t panic yet as the village is all the way in Kazakhstan.
‘People exposed to the disease were marked by identical complaints: dizziness, weakness, loss of coordination, unconsciousness or semiconscious state for up to three days,’ said professor Leonid Rikhvanov, who works at Russia’s Tomsk Polytechnic University.
If that wasn’t scary enough for them, the victims can also suffer hallucinations, according to Newsweek.
Rikhvanov thinks the strange sickness, which has effected hundreds since March 2013, might have been caused by a disused uranium mine nearby that was built by the Soviet Union.
Radon gas may have leaked from the installation and into the population.
If this theory is true, the illness could spread as the gas does.
But there could be a simpler explanation suggested by others, it’s all mass hysteria.