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Bihar's encephalitis toll rises to 104

18 Jun 2019, 01:03 GMT+10

Muzaffarpur (Bihar) [India], June 17 (ANI): The toll due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) here rose to 104 on Monday. Fatality at Kejriwal Hospital, a private hospital in the city, has now reached 18.

Speaking to media persons, Chief secretary Deepak Kumar said: "The ambulance facility will be free of cost. If someone comes to the hospital in a private vehicle, the fare will be reimbursed to them.""Expenses of all treatment will be borne by the state government. Ex-gratia of Rs 4 Lakh each will be given to families of the deceased," said Kumar.Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held an internal meeting with the officials of the Health Department in Patna in the evening.

The Chief Minister had also given directions to the Health Department, district administration and doctors to take necessary measures to fight the disease.

AES is a viral disease, which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as high fever, convulsions, and headaches.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said the Centre would set up a state-of-the-art research centre here within a year to deal with the menace of AES. (ANI)

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