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Not Just Muzaffarpur, AES Is Spreading Across India And Doctors Are Baffled

A morbid stain, spreading across the map. The vectors are unknown, the symptoms many...a silent army of assassins at large.

Lost Threads Photograph by Sonu Kishan

There are two children and two sets of parents on every bed. Young mothers cradle limp children. Fathers fuss over immobile babies, barely visible through a maze of tubes and masks. Many more lie on the floor, with parents frantically fanning them to beat the stifling heat. Nurses and doctors run around. Machines blink and glow. High-pitched wailings hush the crowd, sometimes, as little bodies swathed in white are carried out. Or “Wapas jao (go back)” protests ring out as TV anchors or ministers float in and out. But only for a moment. There’s no time to grieve or get angry. The clock is ticking on very sick children.

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