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DUE to the spread of the Zika virus worldwide, an exclusive health counter has been set up at Tiruchy Inter-national Airport to screen passengers. Almost all passengers who arrived on a Sri Lankan Airlines flight in the afternoon were screened by health officials for fever and nausea. Patients found with the symptoms would be admitted to the isolation ward in the government hospital here. Airport authorities along with health officials on Tuesday set up the counter for passengers arriving on nine international flights. Ever since the Zika scare, which began on Monday after a 27-year old was found to be affected in Krishnagiri, the State Health Department is leaving no stone un turned. The disease mostly affects pregnant women and unborn children. Speaking to Express, Deputy Director of Health Services, I Ravindran, said three teams with six doctors will be working in shifts to screen passengers. Doctors from the city Health Department, rural health services and airport doctors are involved in the screening, he said. The screening includes the scanning of all passengers coming from or going abroad. The passengers are checked for high fever, nausea, joint pain and constant tiredness. The 150 SriLankan Airlines passengers were all screened by doctors present near terminals. Addressing media, Airport Director K Gunasekaran said that screening would be carried out across all air-ports in the State. Screening at Tiruchy airport is being conducted with the assistance of a State medical team. T K Mondal, head of the Health Department at the airport, along with a team of doctors, would be responsible for the screening
Leaving nothing to chance Passengers who arrived on a Sri Lankan Airlines flight were screened by health officials for fever and nausea. Patients found with the symptoms would be admitted to the isolation ward in the government hospital Airport authorities set up the counter for passengers arriving on nine flights
process. If a passenger is admitted to Tiruchy Government Hospital, serum would be sent for testing to certified labs in the country, said Ravindran. People with any of the symptoms have been advised to immediately consult doctors.
akrisimAN Wed, 12 July 2017 II EXPRESS epaper. . newindianexpress. com//c/20477237 

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