Encephalitis that killed 104 kids in Bihar


More then 100 children have lost their lives due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar. This syndrome is locally known as Chamki Bukhar. Till now 83 children have died in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), while 17 have lost their lives in Kejriwal hospital in the city.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced an ex-gratia package of Rs 4 lakh each to families of the children who died. He had also instructed the health department, district administration and doctors to take necessary measures to fight the disease.

Symptoms and Causes of Encephalitis :

Common symptoms of Encephalitis include High fever, Headache, Sensitivity to light, Stiff neck and back, Vomiting, Confusion and if case is severe – seizures, paralysis and coma.

Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is the major cause of AES in India (ranging from 5-35 percent). Nipah virus, Zika virus are also found as causative agents for AES.

Treatment for Encephalitis

•    If one is suffering with Encephalitis then patient should be kept in Intensive Care unit (ICU) to keep eye on every minute.
•    It can be treated by anti-inflammatory drugs, but no drug should be given at home once, consult to the doctor immediately. 
•    Most cases of encephalitis get resolved in a few days. In case of a severe condition, it may take a few weeks.