Death toll on rise in Bihar; Reason?

Bihar AES deaths

Death toll on rise in Bihar. Death toll is on rise in many districts of Bihar. Two different reasons are being attributed for the high number of deaths in the state. While one reason states heat wave condition is taking its toll on the public the other report says that AES is the main cause of death among children.
Sunil Kumar Shahi, Superintendent at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), on Monday said, “Death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur has risen to 100.”
Last week, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey had said a team that was formed to ascertain the cause of this disease concluded that sleeping empty stomach at night, dehydration due to humidity and eating lychee on empty stomach were some of the causes of encephalitis.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed concern over the deaths and announced a compensation of four lakh to the kin of victims. An alert has also been issued by the government in the wake of the rising death toll
Section 144 has been imposed in Gaya in Bihar after the heatwave left 184 people dead and several hospitalized in Aurangabad, Gaya and Nawada districts.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan termed the incident as unfortunate and advised people to avoid moving out of the house till the temperature drops. “Intense heat affects the brain and leads to various health issues,” he said. Also he held a meeting with senior health officials and doctors assured that the Ministry of Earth Sciences would help formulate an action plan with the state government to deal with the situation.
State government officials continue to maintain that majority of the victims had died due to hypoglycemia, a condition caused by very low level of blood sugar and electrolyte imbalance and not due to AES. Acute encephalitis syndrome, AES is a neurological disease affecting the central nervous system. The disease is mostly seen in children and young adults, and can cause delirium, coma, seizure and confusion.
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