Death toll of children due to acute encephalitis

Indian mother and child talking to a doctor

According to ‘Acute encephalitis in India: An unfolding tragedy’ by Jai Prakash Narain, AC Dhariwal, and C Raina MacIntyre published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR), between 2008 and 2014, more than 44,000 encephalitis cases were recorded in India with over 6,000 deaths in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar alone. In 2016, over 125 children died in Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College. READ MORE