At least 12 children have died in the past one week of suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, while 15 are being treated at the city’s two hospitals.
“Of the 12 children who died in the past week, the death of two by AES has been confirmed,” said District Civil Surgeon S.P.Singh. “We are investigating the reasons for the other deaths,” he added.
According to Singh, most patients were brought in with high fever and hypoglycaemia (a condition caused by a very low level of blood sugar (glucose)).”All primary health centres in the district have been put on high alert. But the people need to be cautious about their children as well. Give them as much liquid as you can and keep them hydrated,” he said.
AES outbreaks are a routine in areas in and around Muzaffarpur in the summer months. The epidemic mostly affects children from poor families below 15 years of age.