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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47-50

Preliminary risk maps for transmission of kyasanur forest disease in Southern India

1 University Distinguished Professor, Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045, USA
2 Scientist, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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A Townsend Peterson
Biodiversity Institute, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.200262

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Kyasanur forest disease is known to be transmitted across forested regions of Southern India. The disease appears to be hosted in wild mammals and transmitted by tick vectors although the diversity and identity of host and vector species remain unclear. The area across which risk exists of contracting the disease through transfer from the hosts or vectors, however, has never been mapped in detail, such that the area that surveillance, education, and investment in diagnostic facilities should cover remains unknown. This contribution uses known occurrences of the disease from the year 2000 till date to create and test a correlational ecological niche model that translates into preliminary transmission risk maps, which are summarized in terms of risk presented in each district in the region, as well as across peninsular India.

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