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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

India : Japanese Encephalitis strikes Gaya, 16 kids dead

Article via Hindustan Times, excerpt :

" Japanese Encephalitis (JE) has struck Gaya and its surrounding areas, claiming the lives of 16 children over the last three weeks.

The children were admitted to Gaya's Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMMCH), where dozens of others are under treatment.

"On Friday night, eight of the children succumbed to the disease, three of them within an hour," said Dr Sitaram Prasad, superintendent, ANMMCH. "Till today, the hospital has admitted 56 children."

Children in the 11-12-year age group are the worst hit, Prasad said. The symptoms of the disease include inflammation of the brain, high fever, headaches, rheumatic pains, a stiff neck, convulsions and nausea.

Doctors say the disease is not limited to Gaya district. A few of the patients have come from Bihar's Aurangabad and Jharkhand's Chatra as well."

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