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Encephalitis kills more than 100 children in India's Bihar state

More than 100 children in the Indian state of Bihar - which has some of the country's worst health indicators - have now been killed by a brain virus potentially linked to lychees, officials said.

The northern state, one of India's poorest and home to almost 100 million people, is also in the throes of a major heat wave that is the country's second-longest on record and has so far claimed 78 lives.

Bihar has been struggling with an outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) since the start of June.

Eighty-five children have now died in the state's biggest government-run hospital - the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), in the city of Muzaffarpur - and 18 others at a private facility, according to municipal officials cited by the Press Trust of India.
 


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