The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will study the actual cause behind the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) that claimed 125 in Bihar which is listed under unknown category.
The project is scheduled to begin next month and is funded by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited as part of CSR activity.
Center of Excellence and Advanced Research for Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders, AIIMS will be looking after 11 projects out of which one is to find out how these acute and sub-acute AES syndromes are caused.
AIIMS will focus on the study as how chronic encephalitis syndrome has affected children from 1 month to 18 years of age will be the focus.
Chief of Child Neurology Division, Department of Pediatrics’, AIIMS, Sheffali Gulati while speaking to a news agency said that they have to treat the cases of AES as following the disease, every year mortality rate goes high. This study would help them to know the exact cause behind this.
Dr. Gulati further stated that they will be doing a plethora of tests and cover most of the viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and autoimmune disorders. To deal with cases caused by intake of Litchi, they might add a metabolic screen to understand the aetiology comprehensively.
She also stated that comprehensive profile study is crucial because as patients coming to AIIMS with AES are not only from Delhi or Bihar but from the entire SAARC region.
The doctor also informed that the cases of AES might be linked to litchi but the disease can be caused by a whole plethora of infections and encelophaty situations.