Indian health ministry orders encephalitis vaccination in select districts after more than 500 deaths

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 23 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4209
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

India’s health minister, Harsh Vardhan, has ordered that everything be done to ensure 100% immunisation coverage of children living in select Indian districts that are plagued each year by two strains of encephalitis. The immunisation drive will take place on 22 and 23 June.1

The move came after recent deaths among children in Bihar and a death toll in Uttar Pradesh of more than 500 in the past year. Recent figures showed that 124 children had now succumbed to acute encephalitis syndrome in the state of Bihar.2

The World Health Organization3 4 has said that acute encephalitis syndrome is …

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