AES Toll Mounts in Bihar, 59 Children Dead in Muzaffarpur

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The Muzaffarpur district of Bihar is among the worst hit by the outbreak of brain fever.

Apart from Mangal Pandey, Union health minister Dr. Harshvardhan along with his deputy Ashwini Choubey was likely to visit SKMCH on Thursday to assess the condition. Out of five, four were reported from Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) and one from another major hospital in the district Kejriwal Matri Sadan (KMS). "The Health Ministry in the state held a meeting on this and decided to make people aware of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)", said Mangal Pandey while briefing media.

With the death of 10 more children, the suspected acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) toll at two hospitals in Muzaffarpur went up to 73 till 6pm on Saturday even as the state health department confirmed that Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan would visit Muzaffarpur on Sunday to take stock of the situation.

Kumar, who met doctors, health officials as well as parents of dozens of seriously ill children still undergoing treatment, said the deaths were reported from two hospitals in Muzaffarpur. "Nitish Kumar government has become totally insensitive towards children's deaths in Muzaffarpur...our party will raise the issue in coming session of the State Assembly", Mr. Purve added. In Motihari and Samastipur one case each of AES have been reported.

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"The continued round-the-clock presence of the central and state teams in the affected areas and preventive actions taken by them have instilled confidence among the public. Experts were drawn from NCDC/NVBDCP/ ICMR/AIIMS, Patna/ Child Health Division of the Health Ministry are part of this Central team and are supporting the state in containing the surge in cases of encephalopathy/ encephalitis".

In 2015, USA researchers had said the brain disease could be linked to a toxic substance found in the exotic fruit.

Encephalitis is a viral disease, which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as high fever, convulsions and headaches and has been claiming lives in the district for the past few weeks.

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