Kyasanur Forest disease – India

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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.

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