Via The Times of India: 11 new acute encephalitis syndrome cases, only one death.
MUZAFFARPUR: One child died at SKMCH on Sunday and none at Kejriwal Hospital, although a total of 11 new cases of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) have officially been reported including seven at Kejriwal Hospital and four at SKMCH during the last 24 hours.
The total number of children affected by AES so far this month has gone up to 95 including 58 at Kejriwal Hospital and 37 at SKMCH.
The administrator of Kejriwal Hospital, V V Giri, claimed that altogether 15 AES patients including seven admitted on Sunday were presently being treated in his hospital. A total number of 11 patients have died in the hospital since June 4. SKMCH superintendant Dr G K Thakur, said 37 children have been admitted to his hospital out of which 13 have died and 16 children including four new cases were being treated on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the pediatrics department head of Kejriwal Hospital, Dr Rajiva Kumar said he suspected that toxins present in litchi and mango due to the use of some insecticide over fruit-laden trees was at the root of the disease which aggravates with the rise in temperature and humidity.
He said fever is not a definite symptom in every patient because he has found many cases even without fever. He said most cases are coming to the fore in the early morning. This means the child catches the disease sometime during night and by the time parents get serious, the child starts trembling with convulsions. "If left untreated or treatment is delayed, the patient's condition starts deteriorating," he added.