90 suspected cases of Kyasanur Forest disease in Karnataka State, India

There are reports of 90 suspected cases of Kyasanur Forest disease (KFD), also known as monkey fever, from Thirthahalli and other parts of Shimoga and Chikmagalur districts. Of these, 24 people have had positive confirmation by laboratory testing. This virus causes a high fever with frontal headaches, followed by haemorrhagic symptoms, such as bleeding from the nasal cavity, throat, and gums, as well as gastrointestinal bleeding. Convalescence is prolonged.

This disease was 1st detected in Shimoga district in Karnataka state in 1957 and has since appeared sporadically in the thickly wooded areas of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Shimoga, and Chamarajanagar, all in Karnataka state. Kyasanur Forest disease (KFD) occurs mostly in the dry season. The only way to prevent this infection is to avoid being bitten by infected ticks. Backpackers and hikers engaged in outdoor activities where this virus is active should take all precautions to avoid tick bits.

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