Japanese Encephalitis has killed 93 people in Northern India; 79 of them children. The Indian government says those numbers may soon rise as currently
130 people are being treated. The disease is caused by a mosquito-born viruses that attacks the brain causing fever, vomiting and dizziness. Many of
the afflicted families are poor and cannot afford adequate treatment including vaccinations.
Japanese encephalitis, which often hits children, is caused by a mosquito-borne virus that attacks the brain. Symptoms of the disease start with a
very high fever, followed by seizures, vomiting, then vomiting of blood. Eventually, victims can fall into a coma. Behavioral changes and delirium
also often occur.
"I can officially confirm the death of 79 children from encephalitis. At least 182 children are admitted in different government hospitals," O.P.
Singh, the state director-general of health, said by telephone from Gorakhpur, 155 miles southeast of Lucknow, the state capital. More than 100 more
children are in serious condition, he said.
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This is worth keeping an eye on. There was an encephalitis attack not long ago that killed more than 100 people. The death toll is currently rising
as we speak. For some reason it doesn't seem to be reported in many papers and the number of deaths don't seem to coincide at them moment.
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