Two more H1N1 in Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma) Ministry of public health has announced that there are two more confirmed cases of influenza in Myanmar, raising the total infection in Myanmar to six. The two new patients are 42 year old man and his three year old daughter coming back from Australia on 16 July by Thai Airway. According to doctor Win Myint, Director General of Department of Health, all patients are doing well, and the previous four confirmed patients had been discharged from the hospital.

“All or OK. Four are already discharged from the hospital. Only two are currently at the hospital”, he told RFA (Radio Free Asia).

Of the two recent infected patients, the father was admitted at the Waibargi Infectious Disease Hospital in North Okkalapa Township, Yangon, while the daughter was admitted at the special isolation ward at the Yangon Children Hospital.

When the first H1N1 was announced, many people in Yangon wore face masks resulting in the sky rocketing of masks prices in Yangon. However, less and less people are wearing masks in the streets of Yangon, according to one resident of Yangon.

In another Xinhua news, Myanmar health authorities have tightened measures against H1N1 influenza in Yangon. Health screening and surveillance groups were formed in each township in Yangon to do the ten-day follow up of people coming back from abroad and those close contacts with confirmed patients. More than 15,000 individuals have been followed up so far, according to the news report. Of these, 6,184 had been cleared of the disease while 8,825 are still under surveillance, according to health authorities. More than 49 has undergone laboratory testing for H1N1 so far.

There are currently no death in Myanmar due to H1N1 influenza infection.

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