Encephalitis claimed at least 73 lives in Muzaffarpur city of India’s Eastern Bihar State.
Outbreak of encephalitis or Japanese encephalitis is common in India, especially during monsoon season.
According to officials, 58 patients died at Shri Krishna Medical College while 11 of them died in a private hospital in Muzaffarpur. Till now, over 130 have been hospitalized in the city.
Outbreak of the virus tends to occur in poor, flood-hit areas, where monsoons have left pools of stagnant water, allowing mosquitoes to breed and infect villagers.
It is most often caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, from mosquito or other insect bites or through breathing in respiratory droplets from an infected person.