At least 100 children have lost their lives due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, officials said .
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visited the families of the children suffering from suspected acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) even as the death toll rose.
Vardhan, his deputy Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey visited the SKMCH.
“I assure the people of the area, especially the affected families, that the government will extend all possible help and measures to the state government,” the Union health minister told reporters .
Sunil Kumar Shahi, Superintendent at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), said, “Death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur has risen to 100.”
According to official data, 83 children have died in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), while 17 have lost their lives in Kejriwal hospital in the city.
In the wake of fatalities due to AES, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had earlier announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to families of the deceased.
He had also given directions to the Health Department, district administration and doctors to take necessary measures to fight the disease.
AES is a viral disease, which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as high fever, convulsions, and headaches.
Last week, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey had said a team that was formed to ascertain the cause of this disease concluded that sleeping empty stomach at night, dehydration due to humidity and eating lychee on empty stomach were some of the causes of encephalitis.