There’s a consensus among the experts, parents, doctors and health officials that monsoon lowers Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) cases in the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, the hot spot of the disease which has claimed the lives of around 154 kids in the Indian state till now.
Just a week after monsoon hit Bihar and light-moderate showers touched most areas including Muzaffarpur, the state’s health officials, doctors and the parents of kids who are affected are more than even the farmers.
According to them, more than medicines, the monsoon will help over 100 kids, who are affected by the disease and undergoing treatment, to recover much faster.
Gopal Shankar Sahni from Muzaffarpur’s government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) said that the no. of new AES cases reported in past couple of days lowered drastically because of rains which cool down the atmosphere.
Though the health officials don’t know the cause of the disease yet, but one thing which they are sure about is that the rain will check on the disease.
The AES outbreak has intensified massively in the district since the last 2 decades due to extreme hot climate and humidity and claim that the pre-monsoon and the monsoon rains remains their last hope to battle the disease.
Notably, 720 AES cases have been received from Bihar’s 23 districts this year, out of which around 602 cases are reported from Muzaffarpur.