Mysuru, Jan 29: No unusual monkey deaths, particularly of grey langurs, have been reported on the Karnataka-Kerala border adjoining H D Kote taluk, and this is being cited as a 'strong reason' to rule out KFD outbreak in the district.
“Abnormal monkey deaths are considered major evidence for authenticating the outbreak of the disease, as in Shivamogga district where such deaths have been reported. Forest authorities have combed the areas where suspected cases were first reported in the taluk, but monkey carcasses have not been found,” District Health Officer Basavaraj said.
He told reporters that the virus infects langurs and the ticks on their bodies suck heir blood and spread the infection to humans. But the disease does not spread from human to human, the DHO said.
No threat of KFD in the Mysuru district: Officials