Kyasanur Forest Disease Spreads To Bandipur Tiger Reserve From Shimoga

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  • The Ministry of Environment and Forests has send a technical note contained suggestions and measures on Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), a tick-borne viral disease, to State Forest Department.
  • Measures such as:
    • restricting movements in forest area,
    • protective clothing to be worn by forest people, and
    • treatment of domestic cattle to prevent the disease from spreading.are advised.
  • The disease(since mid-1950s) was detected in Kyasanur forest area of Shimoga district among the black-faced langurs and red-faced bonnet monkeys and hence it is also called "Monkey Fever".
  • The disease has spread from Sagar, Sorab and Shikaripur taluks in Shimoga(was endmic there untill 1971) to far-off Bandipur Tiger Reserve areas.
  • Its circulating through small mammals like shrews, ground birds and an ticks.
  • Most recently a case was registered in Maddur range.
  • Vaccination has proven an effective measure.

Exams Perspective:

  1. Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD)
  2. Bandipur Tiger Reserve
  3. Measures to overcome KFD
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