Muzaffarpur: A case has been filed against Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey in Muzaffarpur for the deaths of children caused by acute encephalitis syndrome (AES). Both have been accused of not spreading awareness among the public regarding the disease.

In Muzaffarpur, Bihar, the number of children who have died of AES, also known as Chamki fever, is increasing every day. On Monday, the figure of casualty of the disease rose to 100. Sirf News had last reported the figure to be 83.

On Sunday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had visited the State-owned Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur to bring the children suffering from AES. He reviewed the situation of the outbreak with the doctors and Bihar health ministry officials concerned.

Before this, the health minister’s convoy was shown black flags as it approached the SKMCH.

A team of health experts is in Muzaffarpur to investigate the reasons for the high frequency of deaths. Health department officials say due to scorching heat, absence of moisture and lack of rainfall, people are dying due to hypoglycaemia (sudden drop in sugar levels in the body).

It was further reported that the cause of death due to the Chamki fever could be the litchi fruit. Botanists suspect there is some toxic element in the litchi grown near Muzaffarpur.