Jaipur: After scrub typhus hit Alwar district and claimed lives, the encephalitis disease claimed four lives — all children of a single family in the district.
Significantly, all deaths took place within a span of two days. The latest victim, fourth child died on Monday at JK Lone Hospital, and apparently six more children of the family are undergoing treatment at the very hospital.
All the children are of three brothers, living in a joint family. Among the six, two children’s condition are critical and have been admitted in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of JK Lone Hospital.
Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, but it usually refers to brain inflammation caused by a virus. It’s a rare disease that occurs in approximately 0.5 per 100,000 individuals — and most common among children.
The two children of the family, Kali and Dipu died on Saturday in Alwar’s Bansoor village. While two-year-old Nachita died when she was being brought to JK Lone. The fourth, three-year-old Nitika succumbed on Saturday. The 10-month-old Sunny is admitted to hospital.
Medical superintendent SD Sharma told DNA, “The symptoms are of encephalitis which is a viral disease like dengue and it spreads fast. The report of the deceased girl would come tomorrow. We have also formed a six-member committee to inquire and report on the cases,” added Dr Sharma.
A resident doctor told DNA that this year, Alwar is a region of encephalitis and several such cases got admitted in the hospital so far.