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File photo of an overcrowded ward of SKMC Hospital in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur where children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome were treated last year.(Parwaz Khan /HT File Photo)

Year after 164 children died of AES, Bihar reports fresh case

By Ajay Kr Pandey | Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2020 07:01 AM IST
In June 2019, Muzaffarpur witnessed the death of 164 children due to acute encephalitis syndrome, most occurring at the government hospital, prompting the Centre and the Bihar governement to announce a number of preventive measures.
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The AES killed over 150 children in Bihar last year.(PTI file photo)
The AES killed over 150 children in Bihar last year.(PTI file photo)

Centre set to train doctors involved in AES treatment

By KJ Saquib | Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2020 03:38 AM IST
The state health department has sought details of doctors from Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Motihari, Sheohar and Vaishali to undergo the training at top hospitals in Delhi, they added.
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A mobile medical health unit has been stationed at the Odisha village since the last 3 days for treatment of the malnourished children.(HT PHOTO.)
A mobile medical health unit has been stationed at the Odisha village since the last 3 days for treatment of the malnourished children.(HT PHOTO.)

6 infants die of unknown diseases in Odisha’s Malkangiri in less than 1 month

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2019 02:02 AM IST
The CDMO, however, ruled out Japanese Encephalitis or Acute Encephalitis Syndrome that resulted in the death of 103 children in the district three years ago.
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Patients suffering from AES at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur, June 21, 2019.(Parwaz Khan /HT File)
Patients suffering from AES at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur, June 21, 2019.(Parwaz Khan /HT File)

Audit report on AES deaths puts Bihar govt in dock

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna, Patna
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2019 01:16 PM IST
An audit report by the accountant general has blamed lack of health policy to poor management of various government schemes for food, nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, health, education and overall welfare for AES deaths in Bihar.
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It has been decided that all children below the age of five would be enrolled at Anganwadi centres within three months besides ensuring availability of ration cards for the affected families.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose)
It has been decided that all children below the age of five would be enrolled at Anganwadi centres within three months besides ensuring availability of ration cards for the affected families.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose)

Children below five, from AES-affected families, to be enrolled in Anganwadi centres

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna, Patna
PUBLISHED ON AUG 02, 2019 03:21 PM IST
A presentation was made before chief minister, Nitish Kumar, on the findings of a socio-economic survey conducted on 538 families affected by Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.
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Tejashwi Prasad Yadav who has remained aloof from state politics after RJD’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls this year, has avoided attending the house proceedings regularly as he is still unhappy with the interference of his siblings.(HT PHOTO.)
Tejashwi Prasad Yadav who has remained aloof from state politics after RJD’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls this year, has avoided attending the house proceedings regularly as he is still unhappy with the interference of his siblings.(HT PHOTO.)

Tejashwi’s absence from Bihar assembly puts RJD’s leadership void back in focus

By Anirban Guha Roy | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 07:34 PM IST
RJD legislators claimed Tejashwi was busy in court cases related to his alleged involvement in the IRCTC scam, being probed both by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate(ED).
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Bihar hospital overcrowded with children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome on June 21, 2019.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Bihar hospital overcrowded with children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome on June 21, 2019.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

Doctors, MPs, water, sunlight: What all do we look at, asks Supreme Court

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 12:15 PM IST
The Supreme Court asked the petitioners to approach the Patna High Court to hear a plea on the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) across 24 of the total 38 districts of Bihar.
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The death of over 200 children and 938 cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome across across Bihar has dealt a severe blow to the litchi industry which has resulted in huge losses for the farmers and traders .(AFP Photo)
The death of over 200 children and 938 cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome across across Bihar has dealt a severe blow to the litchi industry which has resulted in huge losses for the farmers and traders .(AFP Photo)

Litchi industry in Bihar faces huge loss after encephalitis outbreak

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 01:53 PM IST
Bihar is the top litchi producing state in India and accounts for 300,000 metric tonnes of litchi, which is produced on 32,000 hectare areas.
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Even as the situation has somewhat stabilised Muzaffarpur, cases of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Gaya and Aurangabad districts have kept health officials on toes.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Even as the situation has somewhat stabilised Muzaffarpur, cases of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Gaya and Aurangabad districts have kept health officials on toes.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

12 kids admitted to hospital in Gaya with AES symptoms, no fresh death

By Anil Kumar Ojha | Gaya
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 02:04 PM IST
As many as 12 children were admitted to the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital in Gaya, of which three succumbed during treatment during the last four days.
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Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital in Gaya.(HT File)
Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital in Gaya.(HT File)

AES lens on Gaya now as 3 kids die

By Anil Kumar Ojha and KJ Saquib | Gaya/Muzaffarpur
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2019 11:56 PM IST
While one child died at the Muzaffarpur’s Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH), the rest three succumbed to their ailment at Gaya’s Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH).
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A relative sits next to a child patient who is suffering from acute encephalitis syndrome at a hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, June 20, 2019.(Reuters)
A relative sits next to a child patient who is suffering from acute encephalitis syndrome at a hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, June 20, 2019.(Reuters)

Grappling with AES deaths, Bihar now faces Japanese Encephalitis, dengue scare

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna, Patna
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2019 10:41 AM IST
The four Japanese Encephalitis cases were reported from Supaul, Saran, Bhojpur and Nalanda districts, triggering fears of an epidemic outbreak post-monsoon (August to November).
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Kumar said that a lot of studies, both by the Indian institutions as well as foreign ones, had been carried out to pinpoint the cause of death, but there was no unanimous view.(HT Photo)
Kumar said that a lot of studies, both by the Indian institutions as well as foreign ones, had been carried out to pinpoint the cause of death, but there was no unanimous view.(HT Photo)

Bihar has taken steps to combat acute encephalitis syndrome: Nitish Kumar

By HT Correspondent | Patna
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 08:15 AM IST
The CM was replying after debate on the adjournment motion moved by the Opposition, which was accepted by Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary ahead of all routine business.
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Tejashwi’s long absence from Patna had sparked much speculation in the RJD. There was talk that he was staying away from Patna, upset that senior party leaders were blaming him for the RJD’s debacle in the general election, in which it failed to win even one Lok Sabha seat.(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Tejashwi’s long absence from Patna had sparked much speculation in the RJD. There was talk that he was staying away from Patna, upset that senior party leaders were blaming him for the RJD’s debacle in the general election, in which it failed to win even one Lok Sabha seat.(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Tejashwi Prasad Yadav resurfaces after a month, cites injury for absence

By HT Correspondent | Patna
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 11:36 AM IST
The heir apparent to his father and RJD’s incarcerated chief Lalu Prasad, in another message, explained the reason for his absence starting on May 29.
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The epidemic of child deaths in Muzaffarpur in Bihar has made been making headlines for the past two weeks(AFP)
The epidemic of child deaths in Muzaffarpur in Bihar has made been making headlines for the past two weeks(AFP)

The resilience of the children of Bihar

By Dileep Mavalankar and Tapasvi Puwar
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2019 07:56 PM IST
How do Bihar’s children do so much better than other states, given the odds against them? There is very little research on the positive aspect of low child deaths in the state
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A rural medical practitioner at a village in Vaishali district, Bihar, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
A rural medical practitioner at a village in Vaishali district, Bihar, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

Bihar plans 5-block survey to curb AES, toll goes up to 154

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2019 03:12 PM IST
Fresh cases of AES were also reported from Madhepura, Munger and Saran districts, increasing the number of affected districts in the state to 23, said principal secretary, health, Sanjay Kumar.
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The Vaishali district administration has put up a health camp in Harivanshpur village, stationing at least four doctors working in three shifts. A nodal officer has been posted to supervise construction of the roads, and drains, and repair of hand pumps.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
The Vaishali district administration has put up a health camp in Harivanshpur village, stationing at least four doctors working in three shifts. A nodal officer has been posted to supervise construction of the roads, and drains, and repair of hand pumps.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

7 children dead due to AES in Bihar village, locals say aid too little, too late

By B Vijay Murty | Hindustan Times, Harivanshpur (Vaishali)
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2019 02:50 PM IST
The villagers, however, are not too excited about the facilities now being extended to them. They say these were coming a bit too late, after they have had to pay a heavy price.
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The Prime Minister said what had happened in Bihar might happen in some other state too. Therefore, there should be awareness and work on issues like nutrition and health initiatives such as Ayushman Bharat. (Photo @BJP4India)
The Prime Minister said what had happened in Bihar might happen in some other state too. Therefore, there should be awareness and work on issues like nutrition and health initiatives such as Ayushman Bharat. (Photo @BJP4India)

PM calls Bihar AES deaths ‘matter of pain and shame’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2019 12:45 AM IST
Acute encephalitis syndrome claimed one more life in Muzaffarpur on Wednesday, taking the total number of casualties across the state to 154, officials said.
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In this file photo, Indian children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) are surrounded by relatives as they are treated at the government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur district in the eastern state of Bihar. (Photo by STR / AFP)
In this file photo, Indian children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) are surrounded by relatives as they are treated at the government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur district in the eastern state of Bihar. (Photo by STR / AFP)

FIR against 39 for Bihar AES protests

By HT Correspondent | Patna
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 11:55 PM IST
The fear of AES forced villagers in Harivanshpur village of Vaishali district to vacate their homes. Most families moved home with their children in tow to other villages after the outbreak of the vector-borne disease.
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A man sleeps next to his daughter who is suffering from acute encephalitis syndrome at a hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, June 20, 2019.(REUTERS)
A man sleeps next to his daughter who is suffering from acute encephalitis syndrome at a hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, June 20, 2019.(REUTERS)

4 new AES in Muzaffarpur, but no more AES deaths in Bihar

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna, Patna
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 03:43 PM IST
The Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) wing of Bihar’s health department had reported 11 cases on Sunday and 42 cases a day before, with two deaths.
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The Supreme Court on Monday expressed “grave concern” over deaths caused by the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar .(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court on Monday expressed “grave concern” over deaths caused by the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar .(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

SC tells Centre, Bihar govt to respond on encephalitis deaths

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi/Patna
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 08:26 AM IST
The apex court asked the Centre and the state government to respond within seven days with details of medical facilities, sanitation, nutrition and hygiene conditions in Bihar.
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The haat or the local market blocks makes it difficult for ambulances to reach the Primary Health Centre in Dagarua block of Purnia district in Bihar.(HT Photo)
The haat or the local market blocks makes it difficult for ambulances to reach the Primary Health Centre in Dagarua block of Purnia district in Bihar.(HT Photo)

Tough for patients to reach this Purnia health centre

By Aditya Nath Jha | Hindustan Times, DAGARUA (Purnia), Dagarua (purnia)
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2019 02:46 PM IST
With dozens of shops encroaching on the access road, which ends in a huge muddy crater near the PHC in Dagarua block of Purnia district, any ambulance or motor vehicle transporting a patient would find it close to impossible to reach this health centre, which caters to a population of 3 lakh spread across 18 panchayats.
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A socio-economic survey has begun in the villages falling under the districts worst hit by AES in Bihar.(ANI)
A socio-economic survey has begun in the villages falling under the districts worst hit by AES in Bihar.(ANI)

Bihar’s AES cases: Survey exposes loopholes in execution of government welfare plans

By KJ Saquib | Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2019 02:30 PM IST
The socio-economic survey has begun in the villages falling under the districts worst hit by AES, with the district of Muzaffarpur seeing the highest number of deaths.
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According to officials familiar with the matter, a child succumbed to the disease late on Saturday at the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital in Muzaffarpur — the epicentre of the outbreak.(AFP file photo)
According to officials familiar with the matter, a child succumbed to the disease late on Saturday at the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital in Muzaffarpur — the epicentre of the outbreak.(AFP file photo)

Encephalitis toll rises to 152, spreads to 20 Bihar districts; scare in Madhya Pradesh

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 08:43 AM IST
The death toll from acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) reached 152 in Bihar, with medical officials stating that the disease has spread to 20 of the state’s 38 districts.
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The surney detected 124 cases of brain malaria and one case of mixed malaria in malaria-prone blocks, Mosaboni and Dumaria (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
The surney detected 124 cases of brain malaria and one case of mixed malaria in malaria-prone blocks, Mosaboni and Dumaria (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

No AES fever, but 125 malaria cases detected in UP’s Singhbhum district

By Debashish Sarkar | Jamshedpur
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2019 02:59 PM IST
State vector-borne disease control programme (SVBDCP) undertook the mass fever survey in 89 community health centers across Jharkhand which were found to have more than 1 API (annual parasitic index). The development came after over 100 deaths in Bihar due to AES. One person in Dumka was diagnosed with Japanese Encephalitis (JE).
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Yogi Adityanath claimed on Saturday that his state got effective results in controlling the spread of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)(Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times)
Yogi Adityanath claimed on Saturday that his state got effective results in controlling the spread of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)(Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times)

‘Prepared to combat Encephalitis but people’s support needed’: Yogi Adityanath

By HT Correspondent | GORAKHPUR
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2019 12:16 PM IST
CM Adityanath met doctors and officials of Gorakhpur Basti Division at BRD Medical College and reviewed preparations to combat AES and JE and directed them to ensure the success of Daskatak Abhiyan, to be held throughout July.
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The state tracked all the 50 people who had come in close contact with patient zero and tested, they were found negative for Nipah.(HT Photo)
The state tracked all the 50 people who had come in close contact with patient zero and tested, they were found negative for Nipah.(HT Photo)

Two states, two outcomes: Lessons for Bihar from Kerala in containing outbreaks‬

By Sanchita Sharma | Gurugram
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2019 03:00 PM IST
Established disease protocols including specific case definition, contact tracing, treatment and clinical management were closely followed.
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Women lie on the floor with sick children at SKMCH around 1.30am on Friday(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Women lie on the floor with sick children at SKMCH around 1.30am on Friday(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

Bihar’s AES, heatwave crises: Every inch is packed with bodies in Muzaffarpur’s SKMCH

By B Vijay Murty | Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur
PUBLISHED ON JUN 22, 2019 08:52 AM IST
Very visibly ill-prepared to tackle the acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) epidemic in Bihar — till Friday, there were 657 cases and 141 officially confirmed deaths — the state-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur is running out of space for both the young patients and their attendants.
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The death toll from acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) reached 141 in Bihar with the viral disease claiming the lives of three more children in Muzaffarpur(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
The death toll from acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) reached 141 in Bihar with the viral disease claiming the lives of three more children in Muzaffarpur(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

Three more kids die, encephalitis toll in Muzaffarpur rises to 141

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2019 07:33 AM IST
A central team headed by Manoj Jalani, additional secretary of the ministry of health and family welfare, visited Muzaffarpur on Friday and suggested that test equipment should be made available in the four paediatric intensive care units (PICU) of the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital.
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BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Singh Rudy from Bihar’s Saran district further said that due to some misinformation many people have stopped eating litchi and drinking litchi juice(Sushil Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Singh Rudy from Bihar’s Saran district further said that due to some misinformation many people have stopped eating litchi and drinking litchi juice(Sushil Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Rudy wants govt to probe links which connect encephalitis deaths to litchi

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 21, 2019 07:26 PM IST
The MP from Bihar’s Saran district further said that due to some misinformation many people have stopped eating litchi and drinking litchi juice.
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Children showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) being treated at Shri Krishna Medical College and hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.(Santosh Kumar / HT Phtoo)
Children showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) being treated at Shri Krishna Medical College and hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.(Santosh Kumar / HT Phtoo)

Central team questions Bihar doctors’ treatment plan for AES

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2019 02:43 PM IST
The central team, which reached Muzaffarpur on June 12, has punched holes in the treatment plan and diagnostic work-up being followed by doctors at SKMCH.
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