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AES cases review in Muzaffarpur as death toll mounts

The Times of India is reporting that senior health ministry officials in India have reviewed the status of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) cases in Muzaffarpur, as the death toll due to AES rose to 129 in the State of Bihar.

27 Jun 2019

The Times of India is reporting that senior health ministry officials in India have reviewed the status of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) cases in Muzaffarpur, as the death toll due to AES rose to 129 in the State of Bihar.

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan oversaw the review, and said monitoring will now continue on a daily basis in order to ensure the best detection and treatment methods are delivered.

“With the support of State and district administration, efforts of social and behaviour change at the community level and early identification and management at primary health care facilities have been strengthened,” he said.

The government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital has been the epicenter of the AES casualties. More beds and greater round-the-clock clinical support have been diverted to the hospital, along with bolstered diagnostic and drug support.

Official data by June 24 stated that the death toll in the district was 129, with 109 casualties at SKMCH and 20 children dying at nearby Kejriwal Hospital.

AES is a viral disease, from pathogens and parasites, that inflames the brain and causes flu-like symptoms that can lead to seizure, coma and death.


 


Published: 27 Jun 2019