143 children die due to encephalitis strain in Bihar

Last Updated: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 00:47

Patna: Fourteen more children died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar since yesterday, taking the toll due to the disease since May to 143, an official said.

The toll in the outbreak of the AES stood at 143 till date while 73 others were undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the state, Additional Secretary (Health) RP Ojha told reporters.

The highest number of 86 children have died in Muzaffarpur at the Sri Krishna Memorial College and Hospital and Kejriwal Charitable Hospital, while the toll in the Patna Medical College and Hospital stood at 46, the health official said.

The AES cases have stabilised in Gaya district where 11 children have died and 20 patients were undergoing treatment at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh College and Hospital, Ojha said.

Altogether 10 districts have been declared as sensitive in the wake of concentration of the disease and special monitoring was being carried out to contain the disease, he said.

Arrangements have been made for ambulances at the block level to bring AES patients to hospitals and a control room has been set up in Patna, he said.


First Published: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 00:00

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