Encephalitis death toll mounts to 80 in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur

The death toll from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) continues to mount with each passing in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. A day after it was reported that 69 people have succumbed to the disease, the toll has now reached a staggering 80.

Principal Secretary in the state Health Department of Bihar, Sanjay Kumar visited a government-run hospital yesterday and confirmed that a total of 69 children have now died due to AES in June. The death toll was 57 on Friday as announced by Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey.

According to reports, two children died in Begusarai district and three died in East Champaran district on Saturday. Kumar, who met doctors, health officials as well as parents of dozens of seriously ill children still undergoing treatment, said the deaths were reported from two hospitals in Muzaffarpur.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai refused to be garlanded by BJP workers here saying there would be no welcome functions for BJP leaders for the next two weeks in view of the deaths of children due to AES.

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