SHIMOGA: Department of Health and Family Welfare of Shimoga confirmed the death of one person of Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) in Konandur hobli of Tirthahalli taluk on January 17. District Health and Family Welfare officer Dr Channabasappa told Express that of the 30 blood smears tested in December 2011 and January 2012, six samples confirmed KFD.
Shekharappa (65) died due KFD and the remaining five cases were recovering.
The DHO said blood smear of six cases were tested in two different laboratories. Five cases tested positive for KFD at Shimoga’s Virus Diagnostic Laboratory and one case at National Institute of Virology, Pune. The death of Shekharappa was confirmed by the Shimoga lab. Cases of fever were reported in Chittinakoppa, Hirekallalli, Chickakallalli, Kadegodu and Agashinakoppa of Konandur hobli. The Health Department has taken precautions to check the spread of the disease. A mobile check-up-cum-treatment van is being sent to the area besides check-ups at primary health centre, Konandur.