“The government will leave no stone unturned to contain it at the earliest,” said Health Minister Harsh Vardhan during a four-hour visit to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SLMCH) in Muzaffapur on Sunday. Three children reportedly died while he was there.
Union Health Minister @drharshvardhan visited SKMCH, #Muzaffarpur today to review the AES cases, with MOS Sh @AshwiniKChoubey. He spent approx 4 hrs,visiting all six wards where children are admitted. He conferred with the doctors and talked to attendants of the children. pic.twitter.com/cnMOF6Kems
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) June 16, 2019
Some 146 patients are still being treated in the district at the center of the outbreak. Encephalitis is a swelling of the brain often caused by viruses, with symptoms like high fever, convulsions and headaches.
Recent outbreaks of AES, also known as “brain fever,” have been linked to the lychee fruit, which contains an unusual combination of amino acids that disrupt glucose production leading to hypoglycemia which can, in turn, exacerbate the AES infection with fatal consequences.