En­cephali­tis could lead to dis­abil­ity

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - CHIL­DREN WHO

have sur­vived brain fever or Acute En­cephali­tis Syn­drome ( are more prone to men­tal and phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity, say re­searchers from the All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences and Unicef in Patna, Bi­har.

In a first study fo­cus­ing on sur­vivors, re­searchers found that out of the 33

sur­vivors in Muzaf­farpur dis­trict, 16 showed dis­abil­ity of var­i­ous mag­ni­tudes. The team sug­gests that th­ese chil­dren might have suf­fered dam­age in the veins of their brain that could have led to mi­nor to se­vere par­a­lytic at­tacks. The find­ings, which will be re­leased soon, are ex­pected to force the state gov­ern­ment to im­pro­vise the treat­ment given to chil­dren suf­fer­ing from dis­abil­ity due to

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