Kyasanur Forest disease in Western Ghats, Karnataka, India

At least 20 persons are suspected to have been infected by Kyasanur Forest disease in 4 villages in forest areas of the Western Ghats in Khanapur taluk [Karnataka].

Advice For Travellers

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. Hikers and campers in forest regions are at highest risk.

When travelling in forested regions, travellers should wear protective clothing to avoid tick bites. An effective vaccine is available in the endemic areas in Karnataka state of India.

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