At least five children, aged between three and eight, showing symptoms of acute encephalitis syndrome, died in Araria district on Thursday.
The district civil surgeon, Dr B.K. Thakur, said the death of another child, Sadia (3), at Mur Balla village two days ago because of the same syndrome, was reported on Thursday.
Of the five deceased, Phuljhari (3), Mohammad Khurshid (4) and Mohammad Murshid (4) belonged to Mur Balla village, while Navjeesh (6) and Haider (8) were residents of Bhagmohabbat village.
Araria district civil surgeon said vaccination for Japanese encephalitis, was carried in both the villages on December 3.
“As part of preventive measures, we have started intensive fogging in both the villages. DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is being sprinkled for sanitation. We have appealed to villagers to take care of sanitation. Our ambulance is ready too,” added Thakur.
On the possible reason behind the outbreak, Thakur said: “An unknown virus causes the syndrome any time, has got nothing to do with the weather.” He added that medical teams have been deputed in both the villages. “The district magistrate and superintendent of police also visited the villages to ascertain the situation,” he added.
“Humid climate and plenty of rain in paddy-growing areas make an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, virus, bacteria and fungi, causing the disease,” said Dr V.P. Sinha, a physician at Patna Medical College and Hospital.