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73 KFD cases detected in Goa since Jan

17 April, 2017 10:36 PM
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The DHS also took up vaccination drives in Savoi Verem after a female was found infected with KFD

Panaji: Cases of Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), also called monkey fever, are on the rise in the state even as the directorate of health services commenced its second round of vaccination in affected areas. Since January, 73 cases of KFD have been detected, including one each at Patradevi in Pernem taluka and Savoi Verem in Ponda taluka.

State epidemiologist Dr Utkarsh Betodakar said that at Patradevi, though three were hospitalized, one tested positive for monkey fever.

The vaccination drive was started last month at Patradevi, immediately after dead monkeys were spotted.

In the first round, 249 persons were vaccinated, but only 169 turned up for the second dose of the vaccine, which is to be administered exactly a month after the first dose. The third dose is given between six and nine months of the second dose.


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