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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 56-58

Kyasanur forest disease


Department of Speech and Hearing, SOAHS, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India

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P G Bhargavi
Department of Speech and Hearing, SOAHS, Manipal University, Manipal - 576 104, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-7749.199504

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Kyasanur forest disease (KFD) a rare viral disease found to be related to the Russian-spring summer virus but differs only because of its hemorrhagic form. KFD is known to be prevalent in the Shimoga District of Karnataka, and it was first identified in the year 1957. Victims of this disease would be those who have been exposed to deceased monkeys in forests or otherwise, have been bitten by an infected tick. Some of the initial phase symptoms include persistent headaches, fever, and muscle weakness. However, the neurological symptoms begin to appear only in the second phase of the viral attack. At this stage, viral encephalopathy, meningoencephalitis, or even meningitis could manifest and lead to vast deficits. Previous literature reviews of this disease have shown no signs of language deficits. A case of a 5-year-old child, confirmed with the KFD, with diffuse encephalopathy as well as other organ functioning deficits, showed deficits in language skills.


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