More cases of Kyasanur Forest disease reported in Wayanad district, Kerala state, India

Another death due to Kyasanur Forest disease has been reported from Wayanad district, Kerala state. This brings the total number of deaths due to this infection to 4 in the past 10 days. As many as 40 suspected cases and 18 confirmed ones were reported in the district in just 3 weeks.

This viral haemorrhagic disease occurs in forested areas in several Indian states. It is acquired through tick nymph bites. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to this infection by taking all necessary precautions to avoid tick bites, especially when working, camping or hiking in forested areas.