Lychees - fatal fruit

The deadly brain illness that killed more than 100 children over the last two decades in Muzaffarpur in the Indian state of Bihar was caused by consuming #lychee fruit, a joint study conducted by American and Indian scientists has revealed.

Since 1995, kids in Muzaffarpur were reported to be falling sick suddenly and having seizures, especially in the early hours of the morning. These kids would slip into coma and more than 40 per cent of those affected died. According to the new findings, the cause of the illness seems to be the lychee fruit, which is widely grown in the region. The children who got sick were known to have consumed lychees on an empty stomach. Read more

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