Monkey Fever Outbreak in Karnataka: Symptoms and Preventive Measures

Monkey Fever Outbreak in Karnataka: Symptoms and Preventive Measures

Monkey Fever Outbreak in Karnataka: Symptoms and Preventive Measures

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A recent outbreak of monkey fever, scientifically known as Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), has been reported in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district, with 31 confirmed cases. Originating from tick bites, this viral illness primarily affects monkeys, particularly langurs, and poses a zoonotic risk to humans, especially in forested regions.

Symptoms:

– Abrupt onset of fever

– Severe headache

– Muscle pain and fatigue

– Chills, dizziness, and photophobia

– Gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea in the later stages

– Hemorrhagic manifestations such as nosebleeds and bleeding from the gums in severe cases

– Neurological complications like tremors, gait abnormalities, and mental confusion in advanced stages

Preventive Measures:

– Practice good hygiene, including regular handwashing

– Avoid contact with animals, especially rodents

– Use protective clothing when handling potentially infected animals or their bedding

– Vaccination for individuals in high-risk areas

– Maintain a clean living environment

– Avoid bushmeat consumption

– Exercise caution and adhere to health advisories while traveling to affected regions

– Early detection of symptoms for prompt medical intervention

District Health Officer Dr. Neeraj B emphasized the importance of quick medical attention, stating that symptoms manifest within 3 to 5 days of contracting the infection. While 12 patients are currently admitted to hospitals, all reported cases are stable, and precautions are being taken.

This information aims to raise awareness about the symptoms and preventive measures associated with monkey fever to facilitate early detection and reduce the risk of transmission.

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