Kyasanur Forrest Disease in Goa district, India

So far this year, a total of 264 people have been infected with the virus causing Kyasanur Forest disease. The patients reside in Sattari taluka, subdistrict, Goa. Three people have died.

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.

This disease is reported sporadically in several areas of India. While the risk for the general traveller is low, the risk may be higher for people whose activities bring them into contact with the forest. Travellers should wear protective clothing to avoid tick bites. An effective vaccine is available in the endemic areas of India.

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