Suspected encephalitis: toll rises to 40 in Bengal ;
Six people have died of suspected encephalitis at the Medical College of North Bengal and Hospital (NBMCH) here since Tuesday, bringing the number to 40 in the last 15 days, said health officials on Thursday. ‘Another six people have died in the last 48 hours, bringing the number to 40 in the last 15 days, “said Anup Kumar NBMCH manager Roy More than 50 people are still receiving treatment at the facility, he added (Read:.. Health Minister receives help from the CDC to find the cause of encephalitis )
Roy, however, said that of the 40 dead so far only two people have been confirmed with Japanese encephalitis. Meanwhile NBMCH superintendent Amarendranath Sarkar admitted that at least 55 people have died in the hospital alone suspected encephalitis in the last two months. Jalpaiguri Chief Medical Health (HBOC) Jagannath Sarkar said 40 people have succumbed to the disease so far in the district He said that in the last two months about 300 people were admitted with similar encephalitis symptoms (Read:.. Bihar encephalitis update: death toll 190 )
Concerned by the growing number, address Health Services delegation visit Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts. Darjeeling HBOC Up Bhowmik said the delegation after completing its investigation will hold a high-level meeting on July 21 (Read: US-based Atlanta Institute can help solve the mystery of Bihar disease: Harsh Vardhan )
What is encephalitis?
Encephalitis is a disease that results in inflammation of the brain. the central nervous system of the patient is affected. While minor symptoms include headaches and fevers, severe cause the onset of mental, such as convulsions, confusion, disorientation, tremors and hallucinations problems. It can be caused by bacterial or viral infections of the brain, injection of toxic substances or increased complications of an infectious disease.
With inputs from IANS
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