Kyasanur Forest Disease may be spreading geographically in India

Kyasanur Forest Disease, which already is known to occur in Karnataka, now has been found in a new area in Kerala (50 cases this year, some fatal). Authorities are concerned that some areas of Maharashtra, especially near the southern border, may also be at risk.

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.

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