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KFD: Health Minister Dinesh Gundurao appeals to people in affected areas to be cautious


Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dinesh Gundurao has appealed to the public in KFD-affected areas to be cautious and go to the nearest health facility for treatment soon after developing symptoms of the infection.

In a statement released by the DPI on Sunday, the minister said there were chances of KFD spreading at a rapid pace at the beginning and end of the rainy season. Those who have symptoms of the disease should consult a doctor without delay, he said.

Further, the minister said that the officers had been instructed to provide treatment to KFD patients free of charge under the Ayushman Bharat scheme. Those who test positive for the disease will be compulsorily treated in the hospital, he added.

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Kyasanur forest disease, a viral infection, has been reported in parts of the Malnad region since 1956. It is spread through tick bites. The general symptoms of the disease are high fever, redness of the eyes, severe headache and body pain.

So far, two people have died due to the disease in Karnataka since January 1 this year. As of Saturday, February 10, 21 people are under treatment. They include six new cases reported on Saturday. Of them, one was from Shivamogga and five from Chikkamagaluru district. Of the 21 patients, two are in intensive care units.

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