Issue Date: Jan 15, 2015
Nagaratna andSuresh N S, a young farmer couple, live in Bandikkoppa village in Thirthahalli taluk of Karnataka’s Shivamogga district. Their small house is surrounded by forests of the Western Ghats. In January last year, both of them fell ill. They had thought it was flu but the fever did not subside even after five days. “So we decided to visit the primary health centre (PHC),” says Nagaratna. At the PHC, they were referred to the taluk government hospital, which sent their blood samples to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune.