Ten more children died on Tuesday (Jun 18) from a mysterious brain fever potentially linked to lychees, officials said, taking the death toll to 113 this month and sparking angry protests in India’s poorest Bihar state. A child believed to be suffering from acute brain fever, which has been linked to lychee fruit, is taken to hospital in India’s Bihar state. (Photo: AFP/STR) Sixty children, mostly under the age of 10 and malnourished, are undergoing treatment after an outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district of the eastern state. Bihar health department official Ashok Kumar Singh told AFP that ten children died on Tuesday, taking the overall death count in June to 113. “Six children were discharged after being treated for AES,” Singh said. He warned that the toll may rise with fresh cases trickling-in, as dozens undergo treatment in packed hospital wards. Television images showed several children to a bed. On Tuesday, dozens of people gathered outside the main hospital in Muzaffarpur to accuse local authorities of acting too slowly and of not caring. The state’s health minister came in for particular flak after asking reporters about the score in India’s cricket match against Pakistan on Sunday… Read full this story
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