Muzaffarpur: 47 children die due to encephalitis; over 130 in hospitals

Most deaths were reported from two hospitals in Bihar state's Muzaffarpur district

Most deaths were reported from two hospitals in Bihar state's Muzaffarpur district

Muzaffarpur: As many as 54 children have died over the past few weeks due to the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and over 130 have been hospitalised till now in Bihar's in Muzaffarpur.

"We are trying our best to save them", said S P Singh, the chief medical officer of Sri Krishna medical college and hospital. "137 people were admitted in SKMCH hospital out of whom 40 causalities were reported".

The outbreak of the disease has been happening annually during summer months in Muzaffarpur and neighbouring districts since 1995, typically coinciding with the lychee season.

Apart from this, Singh had said: "41 people were admitted in Kejriwal Hospital where seven causalities were reported, taking the death toll to 47".

In 2015, U.S. researchers said the brain disease could be tied to a toxic substance found in the exotic fruit - but said more study was needed to discover the cause of the illness, which causes seizures, altered mental states and death in more than a third of cases.

They also said more study was needed to uncover the cause of the illness, which leads to seizures, altered mental state and death in more than a third of cases.

A similar connection between the lychee harvest and outbreaks of the disease also has been observed in other parts of Asia, including in the Bac Giang province in northern Vietnam.

Notícias recomendadas

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.