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Muzaffarpur in Bihar and Gorakhpur in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh have been prone to outbreaks of acute encephalitis for around 40 years. Most of the children who die after contracting the disease are under 10 years old. Nearly 100 children have died in the past few weeks. The so-called Japanese encephalitis, part of the acute encephalitis family', is spread by mosquitoes. But other causes are more mysterious. Casting around for explanations, doctors have suggested excess heat

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