I've learned to dread this time of year because of reports like this one in The Times of India: Three kids die of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Muzaffarpur.
MUZAFFARPUR: Kids' killer disease, Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), has started assuming an alarming proportion in Muzaffarpur district once again with the onset of heat-wave and litchi season.
So far, three children have died at Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH), Muzaffarpur, out of seven admitted including two in the last three days.
Deputy superintendent of SKMCH, Dr P K Shahi, on Tuesday said the hospital has got a separate intensive care unit for AES patients and all possible care is being taken in the hospital. Dr Shahi said that no new medicine has been added for the treatment. The treatment is going on as per last year's protocol as per symptoms of the disease.
The results of test of patients' blood and serum have not been of any help so far in fixing the line of treatment of seasonal disease. The pediatrics are themselves in a tizzy how to prevent and cure the disease of the children.
Every summer, AES (sometimes called Japanese encephalitis, sometime "viral fever") kills hundreds of children in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. It's been going on for years and the country seems incapable of dealing with it.