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Department plans vaccination against Kyasanur Forest Disease

MANGALORE: Dakshina Kannada district Health and Family Welfare department has sent a proposal to the government seeking approval to administer vaccine against Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) in identified areas in Dakshina Kannda district.

The decision was taken in the wake of a suspected case of KFD reported at Beluvai in Moodbidri near here. District health and family welfare officer HS Shivakumar said that a proposal has been sent to the department to resume the KFD vaccine administration programme, which was stopped in 2010.

"The last case of KFD, a tick-borne viral disease with hemorrhagic manifestations, was reported in the district in 2006. A suspected case of KFD has been reported at Beluvai two months ago. The Elisa test report on samples of the woman, who was suffering from fever, migraine and other symptoms, suggested KFD positive. However, it was found negative through the RTPCR investigations conducted at the National Institute of Virology, Pune. At present, the woman is recovering at Government Wenlock Hospital. As a precautionary measure, we are planning to administer KFD vaccines to selected areas in Beluvai and other places in the district," the DHO said.

A monkey was found dead at forest near Venoor recently and the tick from its carcass has been sent for analysis to Regional Institute for KFD, Shimoga. Meanwhile, a male patient diagnosed with KFD hailing from Thirthahalli is undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of Wenlock Hospital. Hence, a survey will be conducted in all areas in the district, which are prone to the spread of KFD, Shivakumar said adding that administering KFD vaccine to individuals of the age group of 7 - 65 would help prevent the spread of disease.

Shivakumar said that no positive case of KFD has been reported in the district after 2006.

The Times of India (17-03-2014)