Chennai, Aug 7: After India witnessed the first swine flu death in Pune, Tamil Nadu government on Friday, Aug 7 has advised the people to avoid travel to Maharashtra unless its an emergency.
The state has also made special arrangements at the Chennai railway station to screen the passengers coming from Maharashtra. All trains from Maharashtra are being directed to one platform to make the screening test more easier.
Tamil Nadu Director of Public Health, S Elango issued a travel advisory post on Wednesday, Aug 5 against people who are travelling to the state. The state has also invoked the Public Health Act of 1939, an amended form of the Epidemic Act.
Tamil Nadu health secretary, V K Subburaj said, "We have been successfully screening people from various countries. More than 7.5 lakh people have been screened so far at airports to keep the spread of the flu under check."
He also said, "After the tragic death at Pune, the screening at railway stations has also begun - especially of passengers coming in from trains from Pune, Mumbai. We have also advised the people of Tamil Nadu not to travel to Maharashtra unnecessarily."