Nine positive cases of KFD disease detected

Shimoga: Nine persons have tested positive for `Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), known as Monkey disease in Theerthahlli taluk in the past 15 days a top district official said here today.

Kyasanur Forest Disease is a tick-borne viral hemorrhagic fever endemic to South Asia. The disease is caused by a virus belonging to the family flaviviridae, which also includes yellow fever and dengue fever.

"Nine of the 89 samples sent to virus testing laboratory in Bangalore tested positive," Shimoga Zilla Parishad CEO Sanjay Bijjur told reporters after a review meeting with health officials here today.

He said he has directed all medical staff to complete the innoculation of KFD vaccine to all villagers before February 14 in all three Primary health divisions covering Konandur, Hombuja and Rippenpet in the taluks.

Bijjur said there is sufficient quantity of vaccine and vehicles with paramedics, doctors and health staff are visiting all areas to provide immediate relief to people.

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