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Two monkey carcasses test positive for rare disease

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 March 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Paji, March 24: Samples taken from two monkey carcasses found earlier this week in the forests of Goa have tested positive for Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) locally known as monkey fever, a health official said on Thursday. Speaking to IANS, Pradeep Shinkre, attached to the Ponda sub district hospital had sent the samples sources from the dead monkeys to the tiol Institute of Virology in Pune, where the samples tested positive for KFD. Over the last two years, seven people have died, while 150 people have tested positive for KFD, all of them in the remote Sattari sub district, is located within the lower reaches of the Western Ghat mountain range in Goa. However, earlier this week, two cases were reported in the neighbouring Ponda sub district, which were the first reported instances of the disease spreading to areas outside Sattari. (IANS)

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