Bihar: AES Death Toll Rises to 84, Heat Wave Kills 52

New Delhi:  Bihar is grappling with the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak and heat wave condition for the past few days.

As per media reports, the encephalitis death toll has risen to 84 in Bihar on Sunday, while heat wave claimed at least 52 lives in several districts of the State.

With three more deaths in Muzaffarpur due to suspected AES, the death toll due to mysterious disease has increased to 84.

Confirming this, Sunil Kumar Shahi, Superintendent at the state-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) said three more deaths due to Encephalitis Syndrome in the hospital has increased the toll.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan arrived Patna on Sunday to review public health measures for containment and management of the AES.

Doctors blamed the present heat wave condition to aggravate AES.
Most heatwave deaths were reported from Aurangabad, Gaya and Nawada. Twenty seven people died in Aurangabad alone.

At least 12 people died due to heat stroke in Gaya, reports said.

Expressing grief over the deaths, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced “an ex gratia payment of Rs. 4 lakh to the next of the kin of those who have died”.

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