Doctors in Telangana suspect that two persons from the state who recently visited Kerala might have gotten exposed to the deadly Nipah virus.
The doctors have sent the blood samples of the two to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) at Pune for testing, and are awaiting results.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Telangana Medical Education Director Dr K Ramesh Reddy said that there was however no need to panic as the two persons had visited places far away from the spot where the Nipah virus was active in Kerala. He opined that there were very low chances of either of the two testing positive. He also said that the department was getting ready to respond if an emergency situation arose.
He also revealed that they were purchasing protective suits for the hospital staff.
He advised people not to eat fruits which had bites on them. He also asked the NGOs to create awareness among the rural people on the issue.
12 persons are reported to have died due to Nipah across the nation so far.