Myanmar’s State media announced the country’s first swine flu case on 28 June 2009. The patient is a 13 year old school girl who came back from Singapore after a short visit. She arrived without showing signs and symptoms of influenza.
Her private tutorial teacher noticed she was not well, and sent her to hospital on Friday. She was treated as a suspect case of H1N1 and put in the isolation ward at Rangoon General Hospital. Later, the National Lab of Myanmar confirmed she had H1N1.
“The Ministry of Health is keeping all persons who have come into contact with her: her family members, her classmates, private class teacher and her family members, and does not let them go out and is giving health care to them in order to prevent possible spread and take the outbreak of the disease under control,” the newspaper said.
It has also kept other 91 passengers who flew the same flight under surveillance.
In another news, a journalist was quarantined after he broke into the isolation room of the girl in the hospital. He bribed the guard to let him slip but was found out by the doctors. The guard was promptly dismissed and the journalist was quarantined at the Yangon General Hospital. The news cannot be individually confirmed.