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Bihar encephalitis death toll rises to 107; CM Nitish Kumar to visit Muzaffarpur today

The death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar's Muzaffarpur touched 107 on Monday. According to the human rights body, some other districts of the state have also been affected by the fever. 

In concern with more children falling prey to the brain fever, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is slated to visit Muzaffarpur on Tuesday, which is the epicenter of encephalitis outbreak in the state. Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued a notice to the Bihar government and the Union Health Ministry calling for a detailed report on the growing number of child deaths caused by the encephalitis virus in the state's Muzaffarpur district.The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about the rising number of deaths of children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur since the past few days.

The Commission has sought a detailed report in the matter, including the status of implementation of the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Japanese Encephalitis Virus/ Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (NPPCJA) and other steps taken to deal with the current grim situation.
The Commission also wanted to know about the status of the treatment being provided to the curretly hospitalised children and the relief provided by the state to the aggrieved families.

The response to the notice is expected within four weeks.The Commission has observed that in spite of reported measures taken by the government agencies, deaths of children in such a large number point to possible flaws in implementation of the vaccination and awareness programmes.

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