Kyasanur Forest disease – India

Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on reddit
Share on email

A case of Kyasanur Forest Disease has been reported from Mullankolly under the Pulpally Family Health Centre in Wayanad.

The patient, a 30-year-old youth, is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Sulthan Bathery. The patient was hospitalised on Wednesday and samples were sent to the virology laboratory at Sulthan Bathery, which confirmed it as a case of Kyasanur Forest disease.

Surveillance had been stepped up in hotspots in forest fringes identified by the Health Department

Front-line forest staff and high-risk population living on forest fringes had been advised to use personal protection measures, including gloves and gumboots.

Photo: colorized electron micrograph of Powassan Virus, a member of the same family.

Kyasanur forest disease is a tick-borne viral hemorrhagic fever endemic to South-western part of India.

Prevention is by vaccination, as well as preventive measures such as protective clothing and tick population control.

The symptoms of the disease include a high fever with frontal headaches, chills, Severe muscle pain with vomiting, gastrointestinal symptoms and bleeding problems may occur 3 to 4 days after initial symptom onset.

The disease was first reported from Kyasanur Forest of Karnataka in India in March 1957.

<<< Back to alert index

Follow us

While you are here, help us with

Access to Essential Drugs

One third of children, women and men have no access to essential medicines, putting lives at risk. Hospitals frequently run out of medicines and other essential supplies. Our Med-Aid program connects hospitals with aid and ensures that they receive exactly what they need.

Access to Diagnostics

Much of today’s innovation is either not reaching or not suitable for people in developing countries.

Data to Improve Health

Faster and reactive systems to help provide lifesaving support to vulnerable communities.

Support our work. It only takes a minute but makes a world of difference!

With your help we can bring modern diagnostics and essential medicines to people in need, track disease outbreaks better and help prevent future pandemics.