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56-Year-Old Farmer Dies of Kyasanur Forest Disease in Kerala, South India

by Vishnuprasad on May 13, 2015 at 12:11 AM
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56-Year-Old Farmer Dies of Kyasanur Forest Disease in Kerala, South India

A farmer died of Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) at a private medical college hospital in Kerala, a southern state of India, on May 11.

Vijayan, 56, a marginal farmer, was admitted to the Sulthan Bathery taluk hospital, Wayanad on April 18 with complicated symptoms of KFD.


The very next day he was referred to a private medical college. There, he was admitted into the intensive care unit after he was confirmed KFD positive.

P.V. Sasidharan, District Medical Officer in-charge, said that the patient had developed renal complications.

The farmer's relatives said the carcass of a monkey was found on their plantation nearly a month ago, and Vijayan buried the carcass on the land. Later, he was vaccinated against the disease. However, Dr. Sasidharan said the vaccination would take a minimum of six months to take effect.

KFD is a tick-borne viral hemorrhagic fever endemic to South Asia. The disease is caused by a virus belonging to Flaviviridae, a family of viruses that are primarily spread through arthropod vectors.

Source: Medindia


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