This is the first case of monkey fever to be recorded in Kerala this year. Let’s learn more about this ailment and what signs to look out for.
The first case of monkey disease in Kerala has been found in the Wayanad district. The Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), also known as monkey fever, has infected a 24-year-old male from Panavally tribal hamlet in Thirunnelli grama panchayat of the high-range district. The disease is caused by a virus from the Flaviviridae family, which also includes yellow fever and dengue fever, all of which are spread by monkeys. Kerala had been combating the deadly coronavirus for months. She stated that the 24-year-old man has been admitted to Mananthavady Medical College and is being monitored medically.
Humans and other primates can be killed by the KFD virus. It is spread by a variety of tick species, with Haemophysalis spinigera serving as the primary vector. Infection occurs when a person is bitten by an infected tick or comes into touch with an infected animal. Because the virus is predominantly present in forest regions, those who live in low-income forest communities or near forests are at a greater risk of contracting the virus.