Encephalitis kills 400 in flood-hit northern India
By Alka Pande
LUCKNOW, India, (AlertNet) – More than 400 people in northern India have died in the past month from encephalitis, a rare condition that causes inflammation of the brain, government officials said on Wednesday.
Encephalitis is most often caused by a viral infection from eating or drinking contaminated food or water, from mosquito or other insect bites, or through breathing in respiratory droplets from an infected person.
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