Goa is added to states where Kyasanur Forest Disease has been found

Kyasanur Forest Disease has been identified as the cause of a case of this illness in Pali village. This is the 1st report of this infection in Goa which is adjacent to Karnataka and Kerala states, where the virus is known to be present.

Humans become infected from the bite of nymphs of a forest tick. Symptoms include high fever, headaches, followed by haemorrhagic symptoms, 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.