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Encephalitis: High Court seeks report from Bihar

Fifty deaths because of suspected encephalitis took place at two Muzaffarpur hospitals in the last three months.

The Patna High Court has asked the state government to submit a detailed report on measures taken to treat and control encephalitis cases,especially in Magadh region.

The government has to file its reply within two weeks.

Since August,of the 386 children admitted at ANMMCH,83 died — the last death reported on November 14. The hospital still has 27 admissions,with no fresh cases reported since last week.

Fifty deaths because of suspected encephalitis took place at two Muzaffarpur hospitals in the last three months.

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Health department Principal Secretary Amarjit Sinha told The Indian Express: “Though we confirm over 80 deaths in the past three and a half months,there is no fresh spurt. Rather,with onset of winter,it has been on the wane.”

Gaya’s premier Anugrah Narain Magadh Medical College and Hospital has 40 children admitted.

Sinha said: “Unlike Muzaffarpur,we had some definite clues on Gaya cases as Japanese Encephalitis was detected in 12 samples.”

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Asked if all deaths were because of encephalitis,he said: “We suspect that it could be either JE or acute encephalitis syndrome. These deaths were reported from four districts of Gaya,Aurangabad,Nawada and two adjoining districts of Jharkhand.”

First published on: 17-11-2011 at 12:19:52 am
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