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Litchi test to take place in in Bihar after encephalitis deaths

The recent encephalitis outbreak in Bihar is suspected to be caused by litchis. © Shutterstock

Litchi is suspected to be the culprit behind Bihar's encephalitis outbreak.

Written by IANS |Published : June 19, 2019 12:17 PM IST

In view of the rising encephalitis deaths in Bihar, Odisha government on Tuesday directed officials to collect samples of litchi being sold in the market and test it for any toxins affecting human health. Health Minister Naba Kishore Das directed Food Safety Commissioners to test the litchi being sold in the market after some reports suggested that the fruit was responsible for the deaths in Bihar.

The death toll from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis has increased to 100 in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar.

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