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AES claims lives of 4 more children in Bihar, toll reaches 25

Updated: Jun 09, 2013, 14:49 PM IST

Muzaffarpur: Four more children died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar`s Muzaffarpur district since Saturday taking the toll to 25, hospital sources said on Sunday.

4-year-old Nagma and 5-year-old Annu Kumari succumbed to AES at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH).

Babul Kumar (4) and Amarjit Kumar (8) also died of the same disease in the private Kejriwal hospital, the sources said.

With these deaths, the toll has mounted to 25 since the outbreak of the disease in May this year, they said.

Meanwhile, Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) president Ashok Chaudhary visited both the hospitals yesterday to enquire about the well-being of the patients.

He said he would speak to Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and request him for assistance for medical treatment as well as for eradication of the disease, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of children in the last ten years.