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Death toll in North Bihar’s Acute Enephalitis Syndrome outbreak reaches 56

The outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome is just not coming to an end in Muzaffarpur and surrounding areas in Bihar. During the past 24 hours, six more children have succumbed to this disease and died taking the total to 56 deaths so far. The Central team that visited the affected areas of Muzaffarpur said they found that most of the affected children are in the grip of Hypoglycemia or low level of sugar in their blood. The team has called for the need of awareness campaign about this disease.

Based on the report of a team of experts, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Chaubey and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey had detailed discussion on ways of preventing the disease’s spread..

Union Health Ministry has said that both the Centre and the state government are taking all necessary steps to contain the disease’s outbreak.

Meanwhile, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey toured Muzaffarpur on friday and met the children admitted in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital and enquired about their condition. He also spoke with the doctors.

The outbreak has shown that mainly smelly children are falling prey to AES. The main symptoms of the disease are high fever, vomiting, unconsciousness, and body shivering or Chamki.

Doctors say that any person in the grip of Chamki fever should not get dehydrated and children should only be given healthy food.

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