Nipah virus: Tamil Nadu on high alert

Nipah virus: Tamil Nadu on high alert

With Nipah virus claiming several lives in Kerala, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday intensified screening along its border with the neighbouring state and asked people not to panic over the disease.

The screening was intensified in Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Tirunelveli and Kanniyakumari districts that share a border with Kerala with vehicles being checked completely and ensuring sanitation on the border.

Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan asked people not to panic since there was no specific or immediate threat to Tamil Nadu.

“Though there is no specific threat, the Health Department has taken all necessary steps to ensure that there is larger awareness among the people. Since it is spread through fruit bats, it is unlikely that it would reach Tamil Nadu from Kerala,” Radhakrishnan said.

He also added that an alert has been sounded in the forest areas and border districts like the Nilgiris and Coimbatore.

Meanwhile, authorities at the Chennai Airport have also intensified screening of passengers from Africa, Malaysia and Indonesia. Flights carrying passengers from Kerala were also being screened for the disease.

The protocol was followed after a notice was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, officials said.