The state government has not cited AES as cause of death and has instead attributed most of them to hypoglycemia — meaning low blood sugar level. SKMCH currently has 53 children with AES, most of them from in and around the town and hailing from poor families. A nurse said that most children admitted with AES are suffering from hypoglycemia and some are suffering from hyperglycemia. Of the 36 deaths reported here, 25 occurred because of hypoglycemia and five due to hypoglycemia and electrolytes imbalance. Hot and humid weather, lack of cleanliness and malnutrition are the reasons behind AES incidence.
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