Killer disease is not Japanese Encephalitis, announces Bihar Health Ministry
The mysterious killer disease, which has reportedly killed to over 200 children in three districts of Bihar since May 2012, is not Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) as it was earlier estimated, said Additional Secretary (Health) R P Ojha in an official announcement.
"In fact the disease remains a mysterious one," he added.
This announcement has come after counter checking pathological reports of several cases conducted in National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune that clarify that the victims were suffering from AES.
"NIV has told the Bihar government that no one had a positive strain for Japanese encephalitis," said Ojha.
According to him, the NIV collected cerebral spinal fluid and blood samples of 73 patients from Muzaffarpur district.
Earlier this month, Health Minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey announced that the mysterious disease was AES.
Ojha said of the 599 children with AES symptoms admitted to hospitals in Muzaffarpur, Patna and Gaya, 233 have died.
--With IANS Inputs--
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