Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Death toll rises to 69 due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Muzaffarpur

Death toll rises to 69 due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Muzaffarpur

Death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) has risen to 66 in Muzaffarpur in Bihar.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan will visit Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital along with Kejriwal Hospital where encephalitis affected children are undergoing treatment. On steps to check hypoglycemia, he said: "Integrated Child Development Services has been running nutrition programmes through anganwadi".

"We are trying everything and anything that can save children's lives".

Experts say the disease mostly affects children below 15 years of age and symptoms of AES are acute-onset of fever and a change in mental status - confusion, disorientation, delirium, or coma - and onset of seizures.

As per data available with the health department, majority of the suspected AES cases have been reported from Muzaffarpur, Sheohar, Vaishali and East Champaran districts. It is characterized by high fever and inflammation of the brain. This can be gauged from the fact that the two paediatric intensive care units at SKMCH are full and the hospital authorities were forced to open a third PICU to accommodate fresh cases. Later talking to the journalists, he believed that there was a lack of continuity in awareness about the disease. Doctors are known to have researched the subject and pinpointed viruses, bacteria and environmental toxins that cause such outbreaks in various parts of the country from time to time.

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Five nursing staff members and a team of doctors being sent from government hospitals in Patna are likely to help the medical team at SKMCH.

The Union Health Minister also met Bihar's Health Minister Mangal Pandey on two occasions recently and discussed the reported rise in cases of AES from Muzaffarpur and JE.

Doctors claim that the deaths, due to AES, are being caused due to excessive heat and humidity. In this list Bihar's health secretary also got counted for supporting the argument of hypoglycemia.

The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has blamed state government for the rising casualties.

Attacking the state government, Purve said, "The chief minister is in a state of oblivion, while children are losing their lives at the hospital of Muzaffarpur". ".the central team has expressed doubts about malnutrition, lychee, drinking water, and dietary habits as factors for the spread, and have confused the people", he added.

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