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Suspected Brain Disease Kills Five Children

Wednesday, 21 September 2011, 05:11 Hrs
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Patna: Suspected encephalitis, a brain infection, killed five more children in Bihar's Gaya district, taking the death toll in the state due to the disease to 30, an official said Tuesday.

The five children died in the last three days at Anugrah Narain Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) in Gaya, about 100 km from here, said a district health official.

Twenty-five children earlier died of suspected encephalitis.

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

N.K. Paswan, deputy superintendent of the hospital, said that till date over 110 children with suspected encephalitis were admitted for treatment.

"Most children are from rural areas of Gaya and neighbouring districts," he said. "More than one and a half dozen children are still battling for life."

However, a district official told IANS over telephone Tuesday that despite the deaths, no pre-emptive measures had been taken in Maoist-affected
blocks.

A district administration official said that suspected encephalitis hit Gaya in 2009, 2007 and 2005 and killed dozens of children.
Source: IANS
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