Thursday, August 23, 2012

Haldwani - 2 Minors Die of Viral Encephalitis


Haldwani (Uttarakhand), Aug.21 (ANI): Two minors have died from viral encephalitis in Uttarakhand's Haldwani District.

Authorities fear that the death toll could go up, as at least eight others are suffering from the fatal disease.

The eight patients, all minors, are admitted to government hospital.

Senior paediatrician Amit Arya blamed the changing weather for the spread of the disease.

He said four of the eight surviving patients are in a critical condition, while the other four are improving.

However, he warned that the mortality rate in this disease is quite high.

Mosquitoes that breed in stagnant water cause encephalitis. Therefore, hygiene becomes essential in preventing the disease from spreading.

Encephalitis symptoms include headache, fever, convulsions, drowsiness, fatigue and the inflammation of the brain.

The disease has affected people in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam.

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