Ensuring Prevention of Deaths is Highest Priority: Karnataka Health Minister

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In the recent cases of monkeypox, the Karnataka Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao has verified that two individuals have succumbed to the Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) thus far.

The Karnataka Health Minister, Dinesh Gundu Rao, affirmed on Wednesday that two fatalities have occurred due to the Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) in the state, emphasizing the government’s utmost priority to prevent further deaths from the disease.

Most cases have been reported in Uttara Kannada district. Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru districts have also reported KFD in the latest outbreak.

Karnataka is facing challenges with KFD. Apart from the two fatalities, the state has recorded 49 confirmed cases of monkey fever since January 1, 2024.

The Health Minister stated that the government has issued treatment guidelines for the disease, and the necessary medications have been provided free of charge.

The majority of cases have been identified in Uttara Kannada district, with recent outbreaks also reported in Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru districts.

Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) is caused by the Kyasanur Forest Disease Virus (KFDV), a member of the Flaviviridae virus family. Transmission to humans typically happens following a tick bite or contact with an infected animal, notably sick or recently deceased monkeys.

Transmission to humans mainly occurs through tick bites or contact with infected animals, particularly sick or recently deceased monkeys. There is no evidence of person-to-person transmission.

Mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, is a rare disease caused by infection with the mpox virus. This virus belongs to the same family of viruses as the variola virus, which causes smallpox. Mpox symptoms resemble those of smallpox but are typically milder, and the disease is rarely fatal. It’s important to note that mpox is not associated with chickenpox.

The discovery of mpox dates back to 1958, when two outbreaks of a pox-like illness occurred among colonies of research monkeys. Despite its name, the origin of the disease remains unknown. However, African rodents and non-human primates, such as monkeys, may carry the virus and transmit it to humans.

The first human case of mpox was documented in 1970. Prior to the 2022 outbreak, mpox had been reported in individuals in various central and western African countries. Historically, nearly all cases of mpox outside of Africa were linked to international travel to regions where the disease is prevalent or through the importation of infected animals. Such cases occurred across multiple continents.

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