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

m East Champaran, Vaishali, Sitamarhi 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 (https://www.nvbdcp.gov.in) of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) gave data pertaining to encephalitis cases and deaths til

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Don't blame the litchi -T Jacob John

tinguish the three. If diagnostic criteria 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 mo

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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 of bolstering the health infrastructure are

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Lessons that Delhi journalists can learn from local media at Muzaffarpur -Umesh Kumar Ray

re 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 most of the children for live reporting. There were also journalists f

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

a bed at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur. While the official diagnosis is yet to be ascertained, doctors say the child has shown symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, a group of diseases that wreaks havoc in this part of east Uttar Pradesh in the monsoon season. Suffering from high-grade fever, convulsions and altered sensorium or mental apathy, the child was first admitted to the hospit

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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 city and nearby areas. It said that chroni

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

k politics as grubby children 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

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Of Encephalitis, Litchis and Blood Sugar: Bihar's AES Outbreak Explained

-TheWire.in Over a 100 children have died in Bihar due to AES – or Acute Encephalitis Syndrome – a deceptively straightforward umbrella term for infections that cause swellings on the brain. An outbreak of infections classified as Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). * What is AES? AES is an umbrella term of infections that cause swellings on the brain. Its symptoms typically include

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

ical 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 suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in this district. A seven-member team of experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Delhi and Patna, which visited the Shri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH) here to study the high rate

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Dr. Arun Shah, a Muzaffarpur-based paediatrician, interviewed by Banjot Kaur (Down to Earth)

Arun Shah, a Muzaffarpur-based paediatrician who has researched on the syndrome, says the fruit is only a triggering factor for malnourished children Litchi is being most commonly blamed for the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak in Bihar. The mystery fever has already killed more than 100 children in Muzaffarpur district, renowned for its litchi crop. However, experts say it is grossly wrong to blame this fruit Down To Earth spoke to

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