Bandipur Monkey Fever Alert in Kerala

Published on: 01 Dec, 2012
Published under: General Kerala News, Kozhikode District News

30 Nov 2012

Karnataka Forest Department confirming the death of eight Bonnet Macaques and two Common Langurs in the Bandipur forests due to suspected monkey fever, the authorities of that State have instructed the people living the villages on the Kerala border to remain alert about symptoms like recurring fever and unusual fatigue.The Karnataka Forest and Health authorities have alerted their counterparts in Kerala on a suspected outbreak of Kyasanoor Forest Disease (KFD), commonly known as monkey fever, in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve lying contiguous to the Wayanad Wild Life Sanctuary (WWLS) in northern Wayanad district of the State.

The incidence of the disease in Bandipur was noticed following examinations carried out after the death of over ten animals in less than a week.A veterinary surgeon with the Kerala Forest Department said that the KFD virus was unlikely to affect human beings in the beginning stages. Humans were unlikely to contract it through air, he said. “However, the virus could weaken humans and this may need hospitalization. He also said that there was no immediate threat of a spread of the disease into animals in the WWLS.

Doctors say that there has been no evidence of transmission among human beings. It is known to have a wide range of natural hosts like monkeys, rats, mice and reptiles.


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