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Encephalitis kills 108 people in Bihar

June 19, 2019

The number of deaths in Muzaffarpur area of Bihar due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome-AES has reached 108. Overall 127 people have died in the state due to the disease.

Yesterday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital and took stock of the situation after speaking to doctors and officials. At least 89 children have died at this particular hospital due to the disease while 19 others have died in Kejriwal Hospital in the area.

Most of the deaths have been caused by hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.

More than 300 people in Bihar have been diagnosed with AES so far and many have received treatment and eventual discharge from hospitals. The cause behind the outbreak of AES is still under investigation.

Sanjay Kumar , Principal Secretary of Health Department has said that the reason could be the children sleeping with an empty stomach with constant high fever, dehydration and glucose level abnormalities.

Health department officials have advised that parents should not feed their children litchis on an empty stomach.

AES-Acute Encephalitis Syndrome is a term used to describe infections that affect the central nervous system and is common in children and young adults. It is caused by a certain virus, fungi or a bacteria that may attack the body and is also known as brain fever.

The common symptoms of this condition are high fever that affects neurological functions and result in mental disorientation, seizure, confusion, delirium, Hypoglycemia, coma.

Social activist Tamanna Hashmi has filed case against the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Panday for not taking the deaths of over hundred children seriously and the case will be heard June 24 in a local Magistrate's court.

A plea has also been filed in the Supreme Court demanding center government's intervention in the matter and taking it up as a medical emergency.

Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted, In 2014, 139 children were killed in Muzaffarpur. In 2019, 104 children killed in Muzaffarpur. Same minister, Shri Harsh Vardhan, same reasons, same promises, no work, all talk.

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