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In an interview she gave to the Siberian Times, Marina Felk, a 50-year-old resident of Kalachi, Kazakstan shared her own experience with a bizarre sleeping epidemic that has been periodically striking residents of two neighbouring towns on the Russia-Kazakhstan border.
The first outbreak is believed to have occurred in March, 2013 and over sixty cases have been diagnosed to date. There is also widespread fear that one elderly resident may have been buried alive because his symptoms occurred before the sleeping condition was first identified.
Along with the inhabitants of Kalachi, the few remaining residents of the nearby town of Krasnogorsk, Russia have also been reporting sleeping episodes lasting as long as six days in some cases. Krasnogorsk, which was once home to more than 6500 people during the boom period during the U.S.S.R., when the nearby uranium mine was operated in secret by the Soviet government. At present, the 130 who still live there are struggling to survive the mine's closure. That struggle was made even worse by the recent onset of the still-unexplained sleeping epidemic affecting children and adults alike.
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