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Inadequate research facilities fail to tackle mystery disease

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:12
  1. Sanjay Kumar
  1. New Delhi

    A “mystery” disease in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, that has so far affected 112 children and resulted in 43 deaths continues to baffle medical researchers. The most they are able to say after three months is that the disease is caused by viral encephalitis-but the identity of the virus remains elusive. A lack of suitable research facilities in the country has added to the problem.

    “The first case was detected on 12 October but we received the news only on 25 November,” Dr Gayatri …

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