Decline in Viral Fever Recorded: Bihar Health Minister

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  • An early spike in viral infection in children has triggered panic among parents in Bihar.
  • After constant monitoring, recent data has shown a decline in pediatric cases.
  • According to doctors, no connection sought between COVID-19 and viral fever.

Bihar: Earlier this month, pediatric wards in major government hospitals of Bihar reported a surge in children admitted due to viral infections. However, officials are monitoring the situation, adding that the health department has directed all medical colleges and hospitals to prepare a line list of viral infections at their facilities on a daily basis.

Recent data has shown a significant decline in cases. However, few deaths have been reported in Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur. Officials were also on the lookout for a quack who administered an injection to two children suffering from fever and abdominal pain, leading to their death at Sirsha village in Amanaur block of Saran district.

Doctors from the integrated disease surveillance program (IDSP) unit visited Muzaffarpur, which has witnessed a spike in the admission of children with viral fever. The state surveillance officer took stock of the situation at the Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH) and the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH), both in Patna.

The doctors, however, said there was nothing to worry about and that the manifestation of viral fever in children was an annual feature. “The onset of viral fever in children has been slightly early this year, but it has nothing to do with Covid-19.”

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