New Delhi: A total of 156 deaths due to encephalitis have been reported from Bihar`s Muzaffarpur district and other adjoining districts so far this year, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Friday.
Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain. Symptoms include headache, fever and fatigue.
A maximum of 87 children fell prey to the disease in Muzaffarpur, Harsh Vardhan said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
Other districts where deaths due to encephalitis were reported are Sitamarhi, Vaishali, Sheohar, Samastipur and West Champaran.
The minister said the government has launched a multi-pronged strategy in five states where the maximum number of encephalitis cases were reported, including Bihar.
Under this, 60 districts in the country have been identified, the health minister added.