Kyasanur forest disease

Kyasanur forest disease, commonly known as the monkey fever, was first discovered in Kyasanur forest in Karnataka during the investigation of high monkey mortalities in 1957. This viral disease mainly targets humans and monkeys and is transmitted via the bite of Haemaphysalis ticks or the dead carcasses. The symptoms include chills, frontal headache, body ache and high fever. A new point-of-care test was recently developed by the ICMR-NIV for the rapid diagnosis of this infection.


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