Kyasanur Forest Disease cases all from Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra State, India

All of the 125 people infected with Kyasanur Forest Disease virus have been reported from one particular area this year. The affected area is the Dodamarg taluka [sub-division] of Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra State. Seven people have died from their infections.

Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure to this infection is high in this particular area. Kyasanur forest disease is a tick-borne viral hemorrhagic fever found in South Asia. The mortality rate can be as high as 10 percent. An infected person may recover in two weeks time, but the convalescent period is typically very long, lasting for several months. There will be muscle aches and weakness during this period and the affected person is unable to engage in physical activities. The risk of exposure can be reduced by avoiding tick bites, whenever possible, especially when hiking or camping in fields and forests. Checking the skin daily for ticks and prompt removal of an attached tick will help to reduce the risk of infection.

Travellers should also wear protective clothing to avoid tick bites. An effective vaccine is available in the endemic areas of India.

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