The number this morning was 19. Via The Times of India: No let-up in acute encephalitis syndrome, four more kids die.
There has been no let-up in the continuous death of children due to the undiagnosed acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) here. Although, officially, only four more children have succumbed to the killer disease since Friday night, the death toll has risen to 30 so far with two more deaths in Jain Nursing Home.
Altogether, 17 children are presently getting treatment at Kejriwal Hospital and 13 at SKMCH besides a few others at Jain nursing home. The hospitals are still counting only those patients who get admission to the indoor wards and those who die outside are not being counted by officials. The health department is acknowledging only 22 deaths so far.
Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is going to Muzaffarpur on Sunday to oversee for himself the measures being taken by the health department for prevention and cure of the disease.
It has been made clear to the administration time and again that the disease can be controlled only by giving proper food to the children and ensuring hygienic conditions in and around the places where these children roam about. Climate has the biggest role in spreading the disease as it occurs only during heat wave conditions and humid weather.
Manjhi said in Patna on Saturday that he is going to Muzaffarpur with a team of doctors and will see the affected children admitted in the hospitals. He said help of international health bodies will be taken for the treatment and check of AES cases.
The Times of India also has story on a West Bengal outbreak of "litchi virus," which causes "encephalopathy" rather than encephalitis. Reportedly eight children have died of it in the past 24 hours. A 2012 EID report calls it "litchi-associated acute encephalitis" and says it's been a ecurrent problem in Vietnam since the 1990s.