In the Wayanad District of Kerala 5 Cases of Monkey Fever Have Been Confirmed (Download PDF)

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Karnataka is reeling under an outbreak of monkey fever or Kyasanur forest disease (KFD). Authorities are taking measures, including vaccination to combat disease and spread of it in the state. Among 10 suspected cases of monkey fever reported, 5 of them were confirmed to be of as monkey fever.

This is map of Wayanad ,Shivamogga,Malappuram

This is Map of Wayanad, Shivamogga, Malappuram

This is map of Wayanad, Shivamogga, Malappuram

This is image show in Kayasanur Forest Disease

This is Image Show in Kayasanur Forest Disease

This is image show in Kayasanur Forest Disease

Monkey Fever Causes

  • According to the National Centre for Disease Control it is a tick-borne disease which was first reported from Karnataka’s Shivamogga district in 1957.

  • Later it spreaded to other parts of the country to occur in Wayanad and Mallapuram districts of Kerala.

  • This fever belongs to the member of flavivirus genus.

  • It is transmitted to humans via infected ticks which are commonly found on monkeys, as a result of which it is also known as monkey fever.

  • Transmission to humans may occur after a tick bite or contact with an infected animal, most importantly a sick or recently dead monkey.

  • Large animals such as goats, cows, and sheep may become infected with KFD but play a limited role in the transmission of the disease.

  • These animals provide blood meals for ticks and it is possible for infected animals with viremia to infect other ticks, but transmission of KFDV to humans from these larger animals is extremely rare.

Symptoms

  • High fever with frontal headaches.

  • Bleeding from the nasal cavity, throat and gums

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding

  • Vomiting

  • Muscle stiffness

  • Tremors

  • Absent reflexes

  • Mental disturbance

Prevention

  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves.

  • To use the appropriate repellants before going into the forest areas.

  • The vaccine consists of 3 doses which are given on the first day, second day and the sixth day.

  • The residents were also suggested to stay away atleast 50m from a dead monkey.

  • Maintenance of hydration and management of neurological symptoms

- Published/Last Modified on: July 12, 2019

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