Suspected brain disease kills five in Bihar

September 10th, 2011 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Sep 10 (IANS) Suspected encephalitis, a brain infection, killed five children in Bihar’s Gaya district, taking the death toll in the state due to the disease to 16, an official said Saturday.

The five children died in the last 24 hours at Anugrah Narain Medical College and Hospital in Gaya, about 100 km from here, said a district health official. Nine children earlier died of suspected encephalitis.

The children reported high fever, followed by bouts of unconsciousness and convulsions.

Ajay Kishor Ravi, head of the hospital’s child department, said that till date nearly 50 children with suspected encephalitis were admitted for treatment. “Most of the children were from rural areas of Gaya and neighbouring districts,” he said.

“More than half a dozen children are battling for life,” he said.

Bihar Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey said measures were being taken to check the spread of the disease.

A district administration official in Gaya told IANS by telephone that suspected encephalitis hit Gaya in 2009, 2007 and 2005 and killed dozens of children.

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