Madhya Pradesh: Death of Dewas child not due to encephalitis, doctors say

Indore: A nine-year-old boy from Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday died of suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), also known as chamki fever.

However, the doctors said the child died of viral brain fever and its symptoms were different from that of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), which has killed over 150 children in Bihar.

Nonetheless, the authorities have launched a survey to check the health of the children in Jamner village in Dewas district, where the deceased boy Aslam, 9, lived, the officer said.

Aslam was admitted to the government-run Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital (MYH) here on Saturday night, but his family got him discharged from the hospital on Sunday and took him away citing personal reasons, health  officials said.

Thereafter, he died on the way to Dewas district, they said.

Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr Praveen Jadia said, “It is clear from Aslam’s blood and other tests that he did not die of AES, which has wreaked havoc in Bihar. These tests were conducted in the lab of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore.”

“Aslam was suffering from a type of viral brain fever. But its symptoms were different that of ‘chamki’ fever (AES),” he added. In Bihar, AES is called as ‘chamki’ fever.

“It is being observed in Bihar that in some children residing in a particular area the sugar level in their blood dips suddenly, following which they die. But these symptoms were not found in Aslam,” Jadia said.

Dewas CMHO Dr Vijay Kumar Singh said a team of doctors has launched a survey in Jamner village.

The population of this village is around 850, which comprises 150 children, he added.

Aslam belonged to a nomadic community, Dr Singh said, adding that his family had recently returned from Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, Aslam’s uncle Haleem Shah claimed that his nephew died in MY Hospital while undergoing treatment around 6.30 am.

“After MY Hospital doctors told us that Aslam has passed away, we took the body from the hospital and laid to rest,” he added.

(With agency inputs)