Encephalitis deaths in Bengal rises to 47

Siliguri : Two more people died of encephalitis here, taking the death count in West Bengal to 47 in the past 18 days, officials said Sunday.

Two patients admitted to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) died since Saturday night, the facility's superintendent Amarendranath Sarkar said.

A concerned West Bengal government has announced a high alert in the seven North Bengal districts.

North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb visited the NBMCH here in Darjeeling district Saturday and met the patients suffering from the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.

Bihar reports 156 deaths due to encephalitis

New Delhi : A total of 156 deaths due to encephalitis have been reported from Bihar's Muzaffarpur district and other adjoining districts so far this year, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Friday.

Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain. Symptoms include headache, fever and fatigue.

A maximum of 87 children fell prey to the disease in Muzaffarpur, Harsh Vardhan said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

Other districts where deaths due to encephalitis were reported are Sitamarhi, Vaishali, Sheohar, Samastipur and West Champaran.

Far from respite, monsoon showers diseases on rag pickers

By Shweta Sharma and Shradha Chettri,

New Delhi : Delhi citizens are eagerly awaiting the onset of the monsoon for a respite from the oppressive heat. However, for the tens of thousands of city rag pickers - who play a major but unofficial role in the waste management chain - the rains bring a host of diseases like Hepatitis A and E, diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid and also dengue.

Tripura malaria deaths rise to 67 in month

Agartala : Malaria toll continues to rise in Tripura with at least 67 people having died from the disease and many stricken ill within a month, a minister said here Sunday.

"At least 67 people, including 55 children, have died and over 171,200 have fallen ill during the past one month," Tripura Health and Family Welfare Minister Badal Choudhury told reporters.

He said: "Of the fever-affected people, malaria infection was found in the blood of over 29,600 people. Our efforts are on to check the disease."

Ebola situation not out of control: WHO official

Freetown: A senior World Health Organisation official said in Sierra Leone Friday that the Ebola situation is not out of control.

Assistant Director-General for Health Security in the World Health Organisation Keiji Fukunda who visited the epic areas Kailahun and Kenema, Sierra Leone said, "I do believe however that the situation is urgent and serious.

"I believe that the right steps have been implemented. It's a matter of more persistence and more work to get a turn around."

Dead lizard found in Bihar mid-day meal, 25 children taken ill

Patna : At least 25 children of a government school in Bihar's Siwan district fell ill Friday after eating mid-day meal in which a dead lizard was found, officials said.

The children were admitted to a government hospital in Siwan and are said to be out of danger, said Durgesh Kumar, a district official.

The children complained of uneasiness after eating the meal at the Sonbarsa middle school in Maharajganj block, the district official said.

Samples of the meal were collected by police.

Cancer cases and deaths in India rising

New Delhi : Cases of various types of cancer and related deaths are on the rise in the country, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Friday.

"As per data provided by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the cases of various types of cancer, including prostate cancer, and related deaths are on the rise in the country," said Harsh Vardhan, replying to a question in the Lok Sabha.

Marriage feast leaves 35 ill in Tripura

Agartala : Thirty-five people were taken ill and admitted to various hospitals after eating at a marriage feast in Tripura Sunday night, an official said Monday.

The condition of five people is critical and they have been shifted to the government-run Tripura Medical College here.

"A total of 35 people, including women, fell ill after eating dinner at a marriage ceremony in Madhupur village of western Tripura. They were admitted to various government hospitals. Condition of five people is serious," a health department spokesperson said.

Diabetic Muslims must be cautious during fast: Doctors

New Delhi : Muslims around the world fast in this holy month of Ramadan -- from pre-dawn hours to dusk. Health experts have a word of caution for those who may be diabetic.

Due to prolonged fasting, diabetics undergo metabolic changes as they don't eat anything for long, say medical experts.

International doctors to check malaria outbreak in Tripura

Agartala : Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), an independent international medical humanitarian organisation, has extended its help to control the outbreak of malaria in Tripura, where over 60 people have died due to the disease and thousands have fallen ill in the past one month, an official said here Thursday.

A three-member MSF team arrived here Wednesday along with medicines.

"At least 60 people, including 42 children, have died due to malaria since the first week of June," health department spokesperson Pranab Chatterjee told IANS.