The cases are coming so fast that news reports are far from consistent in their counts. Here's a new report from Rediff.com: Encephalitis claims 25 children in 48 hours in Bihar. Excerpt:
The death toll from suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome touched 102 on Monday with 25 more children succumbing to the disease in the last 48 hours in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and Gaya districts, officials said.
"The toll reached 100 in Muzaffarpur, which is worst hit by encephalitis. There were 15 deaths in last 24 hours," a district health official said. Two children died in the Gaya district.
Muzaffarpur civil surgeon Dr Gayan Bhusan admitted that not much is known about the virus. "We are relying on symptomatic treatment to save lives of children," he said.
Bhusan said the number of children showing encephalitis-like symptoms has crossed the 300 mark this year. “At present, more than 50 children have been admitted to the government-run SKMCH and private Kejriwal hospital in Muzaffarpur.”
Alarmed over the situation as the disease has spread to new districts, the state government has appealed to the Centre for help. The disease, which was limited to Muzaffarpur district till last week, has now spread to at least 12 districts across the state.