Bihar: Encephalitis death toll mounts to 96 in Muzaffarpur

According to official data, 79 children have died in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), while 17 have lost their lives in Kejriwal hospital in the city.

Published: 17th June 2019 11:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th June 2019 02:53 PM   |  A+A-

Children showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome being treated at Shri Krishna Medical College and hospital in Muzaffarpur on 16 June 2019. (Photo | PTI)

Children showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome being treated at Shri Krishna Medical College and hospital in Muzaffarpur on 16 June 2019. (Photo | PTI)

By ANI

MUZAFFARPUR: As many as 96 children have lost their lives due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) here, officials said on Monday.

According to official data, 79 children have died in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), while 17 have lost their lives in Kejriwal hospital in the city.

In the wake of fatalities due to AES, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had earlier announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to families of the deceased.

He had also given directions to the Health Department, district administration and doctors to take necessary measures to fight the disease.

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AES is a viral disease, which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as high fever, convulsions, and headaches.

Last week, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey had said a team that was formed to ascertain the cause of this disease concluded that sleeping empty stomach at night, dehydration due to humidity and eating lychee on empty stomach were some of the causes of encephalitis.

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