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Acute Encephalitis Syndrome or ‘chamki bukhar’, which primarily affects children, had caused 176 deaths in Bihar last year. Govt says it’s better prepared this time.
Thakur and the 18 others have been convicted under the POCSO Act for raping and sexually abusing girls at the shelter home run by the former MLA.
Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the CBI, said children, who were allegedly murdered, were later traced and found alive.
All 17 cases had come to light in 2018. In an affidavit filed before Supreme Court, CBI says it found no evidence in four cases.
The Supreme Court directed the Bihar government to file an affidavit on the adequacy of medical facilities, nutrition and sanitation in the state.
BJP has no one to blame for Bihar's encephalitis deaths because state health minister Mangal Pandey is a party leader.
UP health minister Sidharth Nath Singh says AES fatality rate is down to 4%, and only one case of Japanese Encephalitis has led to a death so far this year.
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Doctors say it's the poor living conditions, low immunity and undernourishment that are the significant factors behind onset of encephalitis.
Nearly 110 children have died in Bihar this year due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, compared to 33 between 2015 and 2018.