Indian researchers look into vaccine's effectiveness as 300 die in encephalitis outbreakBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39391.481204.DB (Published 08 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:961
- Ganapati Mudur
- New Delhi
Health authorities in India are trying to determine the cause of an outbreak of paediatric encephalitis in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where the government vaccinated susceptible children last year with a Chinese made vaccine against Japanese encephalitis.
The outbreak this year has affected several thousand children and killed at least 300 over the past few weeks. Doctors have said that only about 15% of the cases have been confirmed as Japanese encephalitis and that the illness in the rest of the children seems to be another form of viral encephalitis.
But the Indian Council …