Death due to Kyasanur Forest disease reported in Kerala, India

A forest worker in the Wayanad District has died due to suspected Kyasanur Forest disease. This virus is being actively transmitted, and there have been almost 60 suspected and confirmed cases in just the past 3 weeks. This virus can also be found in several other states, including Pune, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Humans become infected from the bite of nymphs of a forest tick. Symptoms include high fever, headaches, followed by haemorrhages, such as bleeding from the nose, throat, and gums, as well as gastrointestinal bleeding. While the risk is low for most travellers, persons who engage in camping or hiking in forested areas should take precautions to avoid tick bites.

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