New outbreak of Kyasanur Forest Disease in Shimoga District, Karnataka, India

A small outbreak involving 7 suspected cases of Kyasanur Forest Disease has been reported in the town of Tirthahalli in Shimoga District. All 7 people were hospitalized, but 5 have subsequently been released.

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 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.