Vijay, who reviewed steps taken to prevent the spread of dengue fever at a meeting with officials of the six southern districts here, said fogging equipment and chemicals had been distributed to prevent the spread of dengue caused by ADS mosquito.
Vijay said Tirunelveli district had been worst hit by the dengue fever with 36 persons succumbing to it so far. Officials said a four-year old child died of dengue in Sivagana district yesterday.
Advising people not to get panicky and not to imagine ordinary fever to be dengue, Vijay said those suffering from fever should get their blood tested immediately and go for treatment for early recovery.
There was no "medicine that could give immediate relief to dengue victims and it could be cured slowly," he said.
Stressing that preventive steps were the only way to combat the fever, he said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had allocated Rs.Two crore for this.
Vijiay, who inagurated a rally to create awareness about dengue fever and cure available for it, said such campaigns would help eradicate the fever.
Hundreds of people have been affected by dengue in the six southern districts in the past few weeks and a central team of doctors and experts had last week visited Tirunelveli to take stock of the situation and discussed steps being taken by the state officials to contain the spread of dengue.