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Encephalitis killed around 2,000 children in past nine years in Bihar: Report

The report was tabled in Bihar assembly by health minister Mangal Pandey on Monday

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PATNA: As many as 1,663 children have died from suspected encephalitis or brain fever in Bihar in the past nine years since 2011, according to an official report released by the state government on Monday.

The report was issued by Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey of the BJP in the Bihar assembly on Monday.

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According to the report, the suspected disease which the government describes as the “Acute Encephalitis Syndrome” (AES) has claimed lives of 154 children in the state this year (till June 28) against total 720 cases reported so far.

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Report said 33 children died in 2011, followed by 54 deaths in 2017, 103 in 2016, 90 in 2015, 379 in 2014, 222 in 2013, 424 in 2012 and 204 in 2011.

The reports further stated that the percentage of death of children as compared to number of admission in the hospitals came down to 21 this year, which remained at 27 percent in 2018, 29 percent in 2017, 32 percent in 2016, 30 percent in 2015, 28 percent in 2014, 38 percent in 2013, 34 percent in 2012 and 22 percent in 2011.

The health minister said this year the maximum death of children had taken place due to hypoglycemia which is one of the symptoms of the AES. That apparently happened due to intense heat wave, humidity and lack of rains, the report added.

Muzaffarpur remained the worst affected district by the suspected encephalitis or brain fever, the minister said.

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