Bihar mystery illness toll: 36 and counting

Posted on June 8, 2012

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Patna: The deaths of five more children because of a mysterious disease in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and Gaya districts has taken the death toll to 36 in 11 days, officials said on Thursday.The government is yet to identify the cause of the deaths.Angry over the government’s failure to identify the cause of deaths, dozens of people including the parents and relatives of the victims, protested in Muzaffarpur, about 70 km from here.

Health minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey and principal secretary (health) Amarjit Sinha denied reports that the children were dying due to suspected encephalitis.

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