About seven districts in the state of Tamil Nadu were placed on high alert by the government and medical teams were set up at the checkposts bordering Kerala to screen for Nipah virus-infected persons, said a senior official of the Public Health Department.
"No cases of Nipah virus has been reported in Tamil Nadu this year or even last year. However, as a precautionary against its spread, medical teams have been set up at checkposts in the districts bordering Kerala to screen people," P. Vadivelan, Additional Director of the department, told IANS.
According to Vadivelan, the medical team will look out for persons with high fever and in confused state of mind, the symptoms of Nipah virus fever.
The seven Tamil Nadu districts are Kanniyakumari, Theni, Tirunelveli, Ooty, Coimbatore, Tirupur and Dindigul.
Vadivelan said the doctors in the border districts have been given detailed guidelines on the symptoms of the disease and how to handle the patients.
"We are also sensitizing people about preventive measures like not consuming bird bitten fruits, wash the fruits well before consumption and the like," Vadivelan said.
The Nipah virus infection happens by consuming fruits bitten by bats and coming in contact with their urine, feces and saliva.