KFD-Deaths in Goa and Kerala, India

The death of villagers from Goa (Pali village) and Kerala (Ezhupathimoonnu Kattunayakka tribal hamlet) has been attributed to KFD. While the disease transmission is established in Kerala and Karnataka, this is the first report of a fatality from KFD from Goa. The problem with KFD in peri-sylvatic areas seems to be spreading wider. The CDC Fact Sheet on KFD provides a lot of vital information … Continue reading KFD-Deaths in Goa and Kerala, India

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Is KFD Spreading to More Indian States?

If this Pune Mirror article is to be believed, then Kyasanur Forest Disease, a viral hemorrhagic fever, caused by the KFD virus, which belongs to Falviviridae, and is spread most commonly by the tick Haemaphysalis spinigera is spreading to areas where it was traditionally not found. Most commonly associated with Karnataka, with newer foci developing in Kerala, this disease is threatening to spill into the … Continue reading Is KFD Spreading to More Indian States?

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Kyasanur Forest Disease: Preventing Infections in Ethnic Groups

Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) has provided a good example of how some typical difficulties might be faced while enforcing preventive measures in ethnic groups, especially for tribal groups that reside in secluded or forested areas. KFD was first detected in Shimoga, Karnataka, in 1957, and since then has caused sporadic outbreaks limited mainly to forested areas. Interestingly, the virus was first identified when an investigation … Continue reading Kyasanur Forest Disease: Preventing Infections in Ethnic Groups

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