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Monkey fever spreading in Sattari Goa but People shows reluctance to vaccination

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The Monkey fever is spreading in the villages of Sattari Taluka, the underdeveloped part of North Goa. As per the claims made by the deputy CM of Goa, The people are not ready to take the vaccination against the deadly disease. The concern on this subject was raised by the opposition leader Shri Pratapsingh Rane in the state legislative assembly today.

According to the sources in PTI, the deputy chief minister of Goa who also holds the portfolio of health minister of the state was answering the concern raised by the opposition leader and elected MLA of Sattari Shri Pratapshigh Rane on the floor of assembly today. According to Mr. D’souza, the vaccination drive has been initiated in the affected villages in Sattari. “We have already begun the vaccination drive in the affected areas of the villages subsequent to the detection of few patients with monkey fever. But to our surprise, people are not ready to get vaccinated against the disease. Some do take the first time but never return back for the follow-up,” he said.

Pratapsingh Rane showed the serious concern over the spreading of disease in the remote villages like Mauxi, Zarmen and Copordem in Sattari. “The disease is spreading in the remote villages of Sattari due to the growth of monkeys in the forest areas,” he brought to the notice of house.  He said that the carcasses of the monkeys are increasingly spotted in the state forests.

Mr. Rane told the house that they have already started the awareness drive in the affected villages, “We have already begun the awareness amongst the villagers and team of doctors along with the officials of forest department and animal husbandry department are on the move to help the affected people in the villages,” he said,

The deputy CM has ascertained that the disease is not contagious and they have started circulating the guidelines amongst the villagers which is issued by the AIIV (All India Institute of Virology)

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Rane had also demanded the need of controlling the population of the monkeys in the forests surrounding the villages. On this, the chief minister of Goa Laxmikant Parsekar intervened the matter stating that the state government is contemplating the possibility of declaring some animals (here, in this case, Monkeys) as VERMINS (The Pests) on the platforms of neighboring states like Maharashtra and Karnataka (perhaps after the palms this is the second invention). “It is the high time based on the complaints received from farmers that some animals (monkeys here) destroy their farms and now the time has come to declare them (Monkeys) as vermin and we will surely do it someday,” he said.

About the Monkey Disease

The Monkey Disease also known as Kyasanur forest disease which spreads through the Tick on the animals and also known as tick-borne viral fever. The disease was first reported from Kyasanur Forest of Karnataka in India in March 1957. The disease first manifested as an epizootic outbreak among monkeys killing several of them in the year 1957. Hence, the disease is also locally known as Monkey Disease or Monkey Fever.

The infection of virus spreads through the means of forest tick. There are a variety of animals thought to be reservoir hosts for the disease, including porcupines, rats, squirrels, mice and shrews. The vector for disease transmission is Haemaphysalis spinigera, a forest tick. Humans contract the infection from the bite of nymphs of the tick.

The presently available treatment is an injection of Prophylaxis (the vaccination), as well as preventive measures like protective clothing, tick control, and mosquito control, are advised. An attenuated live vaccine is now available. Specific treatments are not available.

Source: Various Sources  

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