Influenza cases rise to 16 in Myanmar

Other News Materials 9 August 2009 09:43 (UTC +04:00)
Influenza cases rise to 16 in Myanmar

One more person has been found infected with new influenza A/H1N1 in Myanmar, bringing the total number of such cases to 16 in the country, according to the Health Department Sunday, Xinhua reported.

The new patient, a 27-year-old man, who came back from Singapore by flight No. 3K-585 on Friday, was brought to a special hospital the same day after he was found ill.

He was confirmed by the National Health Laboratory to have been infected with A/H1N1 virus.

A total of 110 passengers and 135 airport staff are under surveillance.

Of Myanmar's 16 flu patients so far, 10 have fully recovered and were discharged from hospital, the sources claimed.

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 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.