Six more children die of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar, death toll reaches 83

Patna/Muzaffarpur: With six more deaths reported in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, the death toll due to viral infection Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) has reached 83 on Saturday.

The Muzaffarpur district administration had issued a statement on Friday evening saying that six children died in the state-run SKMCH hospital while three died at Kejriwal hospital, which is operated by a trust.

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

In Vaishali, ten fresh cases of children suffering from AES had been reported.

The state health officials had been maintaining that deaths were due to hypoglycemia – a condition caused by a very low level of blood sugar and electrolyte imbalance.

According to Bihar Health Department’s Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar, the disease has affected 222 blocks of 12 districts especially Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Sheohar and East Champaran.

State’s Health Minister Mangal Pandey had on Friday visited the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur where several children have died due to AES.

Pandey met SKMCH Principal Dr (Professor) Bikash Kumar and other senior functionaries and inquired about the medical facilities to treat children suffering from AES.

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