18 children die of suspected encephalitis in eastern India

09:57, June 20, 2011      

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At least 18 children have died so far in the eastern Indian state of Bihar over the past two weeks, a health official said on Sunday.

"We suspect the children were hit by Japanese encephalitis. While 18 of them have died so far, the disease has struck several villages in the state's Muzaffarpur district, with more than 50 children under the age of six undergoing treatment at different hospitals," he said.

According to doctors, the children were suffering from fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of consciousness and convulsions. Last year, as many as 20 deaths were reported from the same area with similar symptoms.

Meanwhile, the Bihar government has said that they are taking all possible measures to address the situation.

"We have put the doctors in the district on high alert," an official said pleading anonymity.

Source: Xinhua
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