The mystery disease, which broke out in in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on June 14 and has so far claimed more than 50 lives of children, is yet to be identified. Though, encephalitis was supposed to be the disease, preliminary reports of the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, has cast doubts over it.
“The report of NIV team, Pune, which was recently in the state to collect samples, confirms absence of three viruses tested for. The three viruses ruled out by the NIV, Pune, are: Japanese encephalitis virus, Chandipura virus and Nipah virus,” Bihar health secretary Sanjay Kumar has said.
According to Sanjay Kumar, though the children who have died so far had reported inflammation of brain, whether it is encephalitis is yet to be ascertained. NIV has carried blood and cerebrospinal fluid tests but now it has asked for brain tissue samples saying it will help diagnose the disease in a better way. [Source: ToI]