It is safe to eat litchi fruit: Jacob John

Following the death of over 100 children in Muzaffarpur and a few more districts in Bihar due to hypoglycaemic encephalopathy, litchi sales has witnessed a 15-20% drop. According to a June 18 health ministry press release, “high percentage” of children who died had low blood glucose level. Bihar government had issued an advisory asking parents … Continue reading It is safe to eat litchi fruit: Jacob John

Explained: How litchi toxin is causing deaths in undernourished children in Muzaffarpur

Explained: How hypoglycaemic encephalopathy, which has caused most of the deaths in children in Muzaffarpur, is very different from encephalitis. And how the toxin in litchi is causing low blood sugar level, coma and even death in only undernourished children and how it can be prevented and treated. Acute encephalitis syndrome in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur has … Continue reading Explained: How litchi toxin is causing deaths in undernourished children in Muzaffarpur

Unravelling the acute encephalitis syndrome that kills children in Gorakhpur

Based on a study carried out in 2015, a team led by Dr. Manoj V. Murhekar, Director of the Chennai-based National Institute of Epidemiology, found scrub typhus to be responsible for acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in 63% of patients admitted to the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur. The study was repeated last … Continue reading Unravelling the acute encephalitis syndrome that kills children in Gorakhpur