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Monkey Fever Outbreak: 25 Infected in Karnataka's Siddapur Taluk

Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), commonly known as monkey fever, has gripped 25 individuals in Uttara Kannada district’s Siddapur taluk, as confirmed by health department authorities.

District Health Officer Dr. BV Niraj acknowledged the increase in cases, revealing that the initial count of 21 has risen to a total of 25. Among the affected, two have been admitted to Manipal Hospital in Mangaluru, eight are receiving treatment at the government taluk hospital in Siddapur, while the remaining 15 are under medical supervision at home. Despite not being vaccinated, all 25 individuals are reportedly out of danger and on a path of steady recovery.

Dr. Niraj underscored the challenges faced in reaching affected individuals, particularly those in hamlets within dense forest areas. Healthcare staff, despite transportation challenges, are actively attending to the infected.

The shortage of the KFD vaccine in the district has raised concerns. Officials highlighted that the crucial vaccine, essential for preventing the disease from becoming fatal, is not readily available and must be sourced from Mysuru. Requests for a fresh supply have yet to be met, exacerbating the situation.

The affected regions, including Siddapur, Yallapur, and Dandeli taluks, are known for their dense forests, where the disease tends to strike between November and May. Dr. Niraj advised residents to take precautions, such as wearing protective clothing, to minimize exposure to infected ticks.

Belagavi District Health Officer Mahesh Koni emphasized the seriousness of KFD, cautioning that a second infection could be fatal, often leading to severe symptoms like high blood vomiting. He urged infected individuals to adhere to hygienic practices to prevent further complications.

KFD is transmitted through tick bites primarily from infected monkeys to humans and manifests with symptoms such as fever, headaches, and gastrointestinal issues. Dr. Koni outlined preventive measures, emphasizing the importance of seeking medical attention promptly.

Authorities reassured the public that with proper medical care, the survival rate for KFD is high. They advised infected individuals to maintain hygiene practices and avoid contact with others to prevent transmission.

In collaboration with the health department, forest authorities are closely monitoring the situation, especially in regions like Khanapur forest area, where KFD is typically detected.

Source: Inputs from various media Sources

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