Influenza cases rise to 7 in Myanmar
New influenza A/H1N1 cases have risen to seven in Myanmar with a 25-year-old man being found to have been infected with the virus as the seventh flu patient in the country, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
The man arrived in Yangon from Thailand on July 16 through Thai Airways flight TG-305 but was confirmed with the infection of the virus after he was hospitalized on complaint of illness on July 25.
Two hundred and forty-four passengers, who were together with the patients on the same flight, are under surveillance and six of his family members are also kept in home quarantine, the report said.
Of Myanmar's seven flu patients, the prior four have recovered and were discharged from hospital, the report added.
Myanmar reported the first case of new flu A/H1N1 in the country on June 27 with a 13-year-old girl who developed the symptoms after coming back home from Singapore a day earlier.
So far, the authorities have given medical check up to over 2 million people at airports, ports and border check points and examined those suspicious of the deadly disease since the outbreak in Mexico on April 28, it said.
The authorities claimed that the seven human flu cases are all imported ones.
The authorities continue to take preventive measures against the possible spread of the global human flu pandemic, advising all private clinics in the country to report or transfer all flu- suspected patients, who returned from abroad, to local state-run hospitals or health departments for increased surveillance.