H1N1 flu outbreak kills 2 more in Myanmar

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 25, 2017

A hospital in Myanmar's biggest city, Yangon, is treating two patients suspected to have contracted H1N1 influenza.

Myanmar called for calm on Monday after 13 people were confirmed to have contracted H1N1 influenza and a boy had died with flu-like symptoms, raising fears of a new outbreak of a virus also known as swine flu. Than Tun Aung, the deputy director-general of infectious diseases department, told Reuters that the government has neither any vaccines for H1N1 nor any effective treatment for people who are already infected.

The third victim - a university student - is being treated at the nearby New Yangon General Hospital.

"They are still under observation". She added the conditions of both patients were stable.

The ministry said another ten people in Matupi - in the remote northwestern state of China that borders India - had caught the virus this month.

Three cases of H1N1 had been confirmed in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, on Friday, the Ministry of Health and Sport said in a statement on Monday after news of the infections had already spread.

Union Health Minister Dr Myint Htwe led a central-level meeting in the federal centre of Nay Pyi Taw on Monday on the government's response and surveillance system.

"Don't be afraid too much, but they should take preventative measures", he added.

Mumbai: Swine flu, the viral illness that had become a pandemic in 2009, has claimed more than 600 lives across the country and more than 12,000 H1N1 cases have been reported till the middle of 2017.

A six-year-old boy also died in Matupi with severe respiratory problems suspected to have been caused by H1N1, Dr. Win Lwin, director of the Yangon regional health department, told reporters.

Swine flu symptoms resemble those of other seasonal flus and include coughing, fever, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. That changed several years ago, when a new virus emerged that spread among people who had not been near pigs.

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