Photographed in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, in 2013, this image depicts an Indian Field Epidemiology Training Program (IFETP) resident, who was visiting the home of a childhood acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) case during an outbreak investigation. At this point in the interview, the resident was speaking with the child’s grandmother. Here, cradled in his grandmother’s arms, the victim was currently experiencing a post-recovery CNS sequel.
During the outbreak, investigators searched for possible environmental exposures associated with the disease, including toxins in the soil, and where the children were playing. Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, experienced an AES outbreak from May to July, 2013.
“Acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) is a clinical condition caused by infection with Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) or other infectious and noninfectious causes. A confirmed etiology is generally not required for the clinical management of AES.”
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