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Kyasanur Forest Disease UPSC NOTE

 Why in news

  • Since January 1 this year, two people have died due to Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD).

  • Its a viral infection, in Karnataka

  • The number of deaths reported due to the disease since 1956, when it was noticed in the forests of Shivamogga district, is above 560

  • Since January 1, the Department of Health and Family Welfare has conducted 2,567 tests and 68 people have been found positive.

Kyasanur Forest Disease 

  • The disease was first noticed in the Kysanur Forest area of Sorab Taluk in Shivamogga district in 1956.

  • It was named after the region. 

  • It is also known as monkey fever, as monkeys also get infected

  • In fact, the death of a monkey serves as a warning of a KFD outbreak

  • The scientists concluded that the virus must have been present in the forests of Malnad region

  • It became active due to ecological changes.

  • The disease spreads through ticks

  • Primates that come in contact with infective ticks contract the disease

  • Human beings who visit the same forest area can contract the disease

  • Normally, the transmission begins from late November to June

  • It peaks between December and March, according to studies. 

  • A blood test is done to identify if someone has KFD.

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