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Central team to visit Bihar on June 12 to assist state in containment of AES, JE

PTI Jun 12, 2019

The Centre has constituted a multi-specialist high-level team which will visit Bihar on June 12 to assist the state government in containment and management of the rising cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Gaya.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who reviewed the status of AES and JE cases in Bihar on June 11, said he met state Health Minister Mangal Pandey recently and assured him of full support and assistance by the Centre. Elaborating on the support being extended to state Vardhan said, "A multi-specialist high-level team has been constituted by the ministry which will reach Bihar on June 12." 

Experts comprising those from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), AIIMS, Patna are part of the central team and will review the surge in cases of encephalopathy or encephalitis and assist the state in containment operations. 

This is in addition to a team which is already stationed in Muzaffarpur. The team has visited various hospitals to assess the situation and support the state government. Currently, Sri Krishna Medical College and hospital, Muzaffarpur has reported 22 cases of fever, hypoglycemia and unconsciousness, of which 11 have been admitted on June 11, the ministry said.

No death has been reported due to hypoglycemia on June 11, it said in a statement. Vardhan said the Health Ministry is coordinating with the Ministry of Women and Child Development for distribution of nutritious food with glucose in meals to prevent development of AES.

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