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Data on AES related deaths in Bihar during May-June this year is fraught with confusion

itamarhi and Samastipur apart from Muzaffarpur. Unfortunately, till recently official data on the number of cases and deaths related to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) was unavailable for the month of June. For quite some time, the website ( of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) gave data pertaining to encephalitis cases and deaths till April, 2019. Media repo

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Don't blame the litchi -T Jacob John

iteria are not applied for various reasons, then the three are not distinguished by doctors. That is when an easy diagnostic term covering all three — “acute encephalitis syndrome” (AES) — becomes handy. Meningitis is most unlikely in large annual seasonal outbreaks. Encephalitis outbreaks in various parts of India are caused by the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus, transmitted by Culex mosquitos. The pre-monsoon months of A

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Healthcare's primary problem -Soham D Bhaduri

-The Hindu It is imperative to promote community-based care rather than relying only on hospital services The deaths of 154 children in Bihar due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) has laid bare the precarious capacity of the State’s healthcare apparatus to handle outbreaks. AES has been linked to two factors: litchi consumption by starving children and a long, ongoing heat wave. As promises

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Lessons that Delhi journalists can learn from local media at Muzaffarpur -Umesh Kumar Ray There were those who milked the AES outbreak for TRPs. And there were those who helped out while carrying out their journalistic duties. Even as Bihar mourns the deaths of over 150 children owing to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), a section of the media milked the grave situation to boost TRPs. Some journalists irresponsibly barged into the ICUs of one of the hospitals treating

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After Bihar, U.P. braces for encephalitis season -Omar Rashid

alit, Sunita and her family still defecate in the open as they are yet to get a toilet built. Her husband is a wage labourer, providing a glimpse of the socio-economic conditions of those affected by AES. The disease hits the peak during monsoons, from July to October. Though the outbreak season is yet to commence this year, the BRD hospital has recorded 87 cases of AES and Japanese Encephalitis, of whic

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Medical investigators say Muzaffarpur deaths probably due to malnutrition and delayed care

The Telegraph The team of doctors investigating the deaths found no trace of litchi in at least 40 per cent of children who died A team of doctors investigating the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) deaths in Muzaffarpur has claimed that the attribution to litchi is likely to be wrong and that it found no trace of litchi in at least 40 per cent of children who succumbed to AES-like symptoms in the cit

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AES in Bihar: Poor anganwadi centres failed to deliver

-Down to Earth The state also has the highest case of malnourished children (43.9 per cent) in India Imagine a dilapidated room, with no plaster on the walls and any doors, window panes — this is what an anganwadi centre (AWC) in Bihar’s Talimpur village in East Champaran district looks like. More, the building has neither a toilet, hand washing facility nor drinking water. “I have to carry chairs, utensils and other essentials for making food, charts for teaching

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In Muzaffarpur, AES is a grim reaper that stalks poor children -Ayush Tiwari

play. But the anxiety is palpable. A mysterious malady has gripped Tirhut. Almost every village houses a family mourning the loss of a child to chamki bukhaar, or Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). Biharis and their annual encounter with the syndrome—whether in person or in print—has turned it into both a verb and a noun in the local tongue: to be afflicted by it is called chamkiana, a reference to the flashes (chamak) that affecte

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Bihar hospital doctors lack training, finds AIIMS team -Sana Shakil and Rajesh K Thakur

-The New Indian Express Most of the children afflicted by AES are admitted in the SKMCH as it is the largest hospital that caters to at least eight districts in the vicinity. MUZAFFARPUR: Untrained doctors who don’t have the skill to handle critical equipment in intensive care units, and the lack of an awareness drive because of the Lok Sabha elections in April-May, could be behind the sudden spike in the deaths of children due to suspec

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