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Mass Immunisation drive against Monkey fever

Posted on Dec 05, 07:45PM | UNI

A mass immunisation drive against monkey fever will be carried out by the Chamarajanagar health officials for the Forest Department personnel of Bandipur and the villagers in Maddur Colony in Bandipur Tiger Reserve (BTR) tomorrow, said BTR Director Kumar Pushkar.

Speaking to a reporters Mr Pushkar, who has confirmed the monkey fever in Maddur forest range, said that there was no need for panic as the situation was under control.

Blood samples of primates, suspected to have died of monkey fever, were sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

Monkey fever, also known as Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), claimed the lives of eight Bonnet Macaques and two Langurs during last week. No more deaths of primates have been reported after that, Pushkarsaid and added that forest watchers working at Alegowdanakatte anti-poaching camp are in good health and there was nothing to be anxious about.

Five personnel of the camp had taken ill a few days ago with suspected monkey fever and were admitted to Gundlupet hospital for treatment.