Japanese Encephalitis Suspected as Unknown Disease in Bihar

A team of experts from the Union Health Ministry and Regional Malaria Research Institute (RMRI) team is investigating an “unknown disease” killing children in the Muzaffarpur region of Bihar, a state in India. The disease has caused the death of 26 children in the last seven days and affected over 35 others. It is believed to be Japanese Encephalitis. Some of the symptoms include high fever, memory loss, convulsions, falling in and out of consciousness, and eventually coma. Hopefully once the disease can be confirmed, health officials will be able to take the necessary precautions to prevent more children from becoming victims.

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