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Litchi toxin causes AES, says Vellore doc’s study

PATNA: Even as consensus has eluded researchers for years on the cause of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) which has claimed several children’s lives in Muzaffapur district of Bihar, Vellore-based paediatrician and epidemiologist Dr T Jacob John has now said a toxin in litchi causes the disease. The study by Dr John was commissioned by the Bihar government.

Earlier, US-based Centre for Disease Control (CDC) had said that Jamaican Ackee – a fruit resembling litchi – is known to have a toxin that causes AES-type disease in African nations.

Even though Dr John is yet to submit his report to the Bihar government, the findings have been published in the recent edition of Current Science, a journal of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The paper is jointly authored by Dr John and Arun Shah of Indian Institute of Toxicology Research-Lucknow…

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/Litchi-toxin-causes-AES-says-Vellore-docs-study/articleshow/50481811.cms

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Written by csirindia

January 8, 2016 at 9:02 am

Posted in IITR, Uncategorized

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