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Central team recce
- Encephalitis toll rises in Muzaffarpur, govt takes measures

Muzaffarpur/Gaya, June 13: A six-member team of paediatrics from New Delhi reached Muzaffarpur today to study the condition of children suffering from suspected encephalitis.

The team that has come from Centre for Disease Control visited Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH). They proceeded to Kejriwal Maternity Clinic.

The team, comprising Himangshu Chauhan, Sanjeev Sahni, B.R. Thakur, Ravi Shankar, Vinay Rajak and Shiv Kumar, inspected the two health hubs and had preliminary talks with the doctors treating children with symptoms of acute encephalitis syndrome.

On Tuesday, a team from National Institute of Virology, Pune, had also collected blood and serum samples of the ailing children at Muzaffarpur. The samples have been sent to Pune.

Once the Centre for Disease Control team’s inspection at Muzaffarpur is over, it will proceed to Gaya.

Meanwhile, a two-member team from National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme — Sanjeev Gupta and B.K. Raina — that had visited Muzaffarpur earlier, went to Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) today.

Gupta, the additional director of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, said: “The blood samples of the two children tested positive for Japanese encephalitis at ANMCH has been collected. The samples will be sent to the National Institute of Virology for cross-examination.”

The team said the microbiology departments of all six medical colleges and hospitals in the state will be strengthened to ensure speedy results of pathological tests conducted on children suspected to be suffering from Japanese encephalitis.

The team has asked for diagnosis kits to be sent to all the six health hubs from Pune to equip the laboratories.