In Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, Malnourished children are dying because of the chemical present in Litchi. The research has confirmed that a chemical is present in the litchi. And because of that kids gets stomach infections and suffer death cause of lack of food. In 1995 this mysterious illness started in Muzaffarpur. The chemical which is present in Lichi is killing children. As we all the Bihar is the largest producer of Litchis. The chemical which is present in it is Methylene cyclopropyl-glycine, this chemical causes hypoglycemic encephalopathy when the Blood sugar is low in the body it causes this.
This problem comes only in Summer and lasts till monsoon. Some children go into coma, and 40% of children’s never came out of the coma. You should never eat Lichi on an empty stomach.
In 2013, Indian and US Scientist did a joint study on hundreds of death in Bihar, and the cause of death is litchi. Almost 1000 children have died in Muzaffarpur from 1994 to 2014, IndiaToday reported this in 2014. For a long time, doctors didn’t get the main cause of the illness. As per TimesofIndia reports the illness that causes those afflicted with it to have seizures and lose normal brain functioning before ultimately dying.
This disease is similar to Japanese encephalitis, this disease come’s every year in the middle of the may and cases goes higher in June. The medical journal reported about the disease. All the doctors and parents were trying to find out the reason behind the deaths. Dr. Rajesh Yada told to The New York Times “They were in a kind of panic… Their children were dying, and it was an unknown thing.”
The poor children who live near the orchards mostly affect this disease. Last year Dr. T Jacob John of Vellore’s Christian Medical College told The Guardian, “The victims had signs of brain cell damage and seizures, indicating that a toxin and not just undernourishment was causing the disease.”
For so many years doctors tried to find out the reason for the illness. They have done blood tests for more than 300 children they only found out that Blood Sugar level is low in their body and because of this they are ill.
To reduce the risk of disease doctors suggested children give their evening meal in the breakout period.