TN taking preventive steps against swine flu
With neighbouring Kerala recording 16 swine flu deaths in last one month, Tamil Nadu government has taken preventive measures against the spread of the virus in the state, Health Minister MRK Panneerselvam said today.
Chennai: With neighbouring Kerala recording
16 swine flu deaths in last one month, Tamil Nadu government
has taken preventive measures against the spread of the virus
in the state, Health Minister MRK Panneerselvam said today.
Assuring that there was no swine flu case in the state,
Panneerselvam said medical teams have been formed in areas
bordering Kerala to screen passengers coming from that state.
Private hospitals and clinics have been advised to
isolate people with flu symptoms and treat them separately.
They should also inform about them to local health officials
and Public Health Directorate which stock Tamiflu, he said.
"All districts have adequate stock of Tamiflu which is
also available at medical shops."
The state had witnessed 11 flu-related deaths last year.
"With the onset of monsoon and changing climatic
conditions, people should be careful," he said in a statement.
People suffering from cold, fever and body pain should
receive medical treatment from their nearby government
hospital and if required go for throat swab and blood sample
testing, the minister said, adding the King Institute at
Guindy and nine other private clinics in Tamil Nadu have this
A team of Union Health Ministry is in Kerala to conduct
an epidemiological investigation into the spread of swine flu
in the state, where according to sources, the flu has claimed
16 lives in last one month.