Encephalitis Deaths: SC Directs Centre, Bihar Government To File Response

A child undergoing treatment for acute encephalitis syndrome

Reacting to the deaths of over 100 children in Muzaffarpur due to the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), the Supreme Court on Monday sought a response within seven days from the Centre and Bihar government.

Justices Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai directed the Bihar government to file an affidavit on the adequacy of medical facilities, nutrition and sanitation and the hygiene conditions in the state.

During the hearing, one of the lawyers informed the court that similar deaths had occurred earlier in Uttar Pradesh as well.

The Court took note of it and directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file its response as well.

The matter has been posted for hearing after 10 days.

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