Masks run short in Myanmar former capital after report of first new flu case
Most people in Myanmar's former capital of Yangon have started to use masks in their daily life, prompting the shortage of them on sale in the market.The use of masks by people came soon after a 13-year-old girl was confirmed with infection of new flu A/H1N1 on June 27, reported Xinhua.
The out-of-stock of masks also brought about the increase of its prices sold in the market.
Especially, school children are found wearing masks in attending classes and on their way to and back from schools.
The first human-flu-infected girl patient is now reported to be in the stage of gradual recovery after she was hospitalized for being found with A/H1N1.
Hospital sources said her temperature started to fall since early this week and is gradually recovering from her illness.
Officials concerned are taking intensive care of her and monitoring those who have had contact with her family, private class teachers and classmates.
However, those who had had contact with the family did not fall ill nor show symptoms of the disease, the sources confirmed.
All of them will be discharged after a certain period of surveillance designated by the hospital authorities, reports added.
The girl, without being named and together with her family members, paid a visit to Singapore on June 21 and got back at the Yangon International Airport by Singapore Airlines (Flight No. 3K 585) on June 26 afternoon.
She checked out at the airport with no fever but she developed symptoms after getting home and studying with her friends at a private tutorial class. She was then admitted to hospital at the same night.
All the 91 passengers, who flew together with the infected girl, and all airport staff members serving at the arrival lounge of the Yangon International Airport have also been kept under surveillance.
Although some of them were found sick but their illness was tested as seasonal influenza and not the new influenza A/H1N1.
The authorities continued to take preventive measures against the possible outbreak of the new influenza.