Kyasanur Forest disease – India

A native of Sagar taluk, found infected with Kyasanur Forest Disease, died at a hospital in Manipal, India.

The patient, male, 56, complained of fever on April 24. He was admitted to the government hospital at Sagar and later he was shifted to Manipal in Udupi district. However his condition did not improve and he succumbed to fever.

The patient was a resident of Aralagodu Gram Panchayat. In the year 2019-20, many cases of KFD were reported in the gram panchayat and more than 20 people died.

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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