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Two Patients Test Positive For ‘Monkey Fever'

Two of the nearly 20 persons from villages of Khanapur taluk, who suspected to be infected by monkey fever and were under treatment over the past week, have tested positive for the disease.

According to District Surveillance Officer Jagdish Nuchin, the National Institute of Virology, Pune, had confirmed that two of the three samples of blood were infected by Kyasanur Forest Disease Virus (KFDV). While the officials of Health Department, Goa, had confirmed that six samples collected from the patients from Khanapur taluk under treatment in hospital in Goa had tested negative.

Dr.Nuchin said nearly 20 persons from Amte, Chapoli, Madgai and Kapoli villages under Kankumbi Primary Health Centre jurisdiction, nestled in forest areas in Karnataka-Goa border were infected by the KFD, commonly known as 'monkey fever'. While 12 of them were under treatment in Goa, others were shifted to government hospitals in Khanapur and Belagavi.

Following confirmation of infection in two persons, preventive measures had been taken for further spread of the disease in Amte, Chapoli, Kapoli, Madgai and other adjoining villages of Khanapur taluk, Dr. Nuchin added.

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