People, mostly children, have died of meningo-encephalitis in Bihar's Gaya district in the past three weeks. Around 100 people are currently undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the district.
"Till date, 27 people have died of meningo-encephalitis (a combination of meningitis and encephalitis) in Gaya. In last week alone, the disease has claimed five lives, mostly children," official sources in the district administration said Tuesday.
The state government had rushed a three-member team of doctors to Gaya last week to examine patients undergoing treatment at different hospitals and stop the spread of the disease.
Khursheed Alam, superintendent of Gaya hospital, has confirmed the deaths in the last few days have occurred due to meningo-encephalitis.
He said over 150 people were undergoing treatment at various hospitals.
"The condition of some of the patients is critical," Alam said.
The number of deaths caused by meningitis is said to be much higher than the official figure. Most deaths in rural areas go unreported.