4 H1N1 in Myanmar

Myanmar official media has announced that there are now four H1N1 infected patients in Myanmar. The official media announcement stressed that all of them are coming back from abroad.

A 22 year old woman who came back from on July 12 from abroad by Thai Airways TG 305 was the latest patient to be confirmed H1N1 infected. She was referred to Infectious Disease Hospital in Waibargi (North of Yangon). All her family members are observed at her home.

In addition to the above information, the news paper als stated that all 4 H1N1 infected patients got their infection from foreign countires.

“We found H1N1 only in people who come back from foreign countries. There is no incidence of transmission among local population. There is no need to use face masks at this moment. Even if people use face masks, it does not help much in prevention of H1N1”, said Dr. Maung Maung Oo, Deputy Director of Infectious Disease Control, Ministry of Health.

“Using face masks is not an effective way to prevent spread of H1N1. Covering nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, and frequent hand washing are more effective ways to prevent H1N1”, he continued.

All the H1N1 patients are mild and there is no evidence of H1N1 in family members and close contacts. The first H1N1 patient was already discharged, according to the Myanmar official media.

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