MYANMAR : health officials confirmed two new cases of influenza infections – H1N1 and H3N2 – as the country struggles to contain the new outbreak of the deadly virus that already claimed three lives.
All the new victims were children below 6-years-old, according to Dr Myint Myint Khine, medical superintendent of the Yankin Children Hospital in Yangon.
“One child is infected with H1N1 and the other is also infected with a type of seasonal influenza H3N2,” Dr. Myint Myint Khine told The Myanmar Times. “We tested them because they have similar symptoms.”
The Ministry of Health and Sports said that 20 patients were confirmed with Seasonal Influenza H1N1/A in Myanmar as of Wednesday and are now being treated in hospitals.
Health officials also confirmed that three people have died from H1N1 influenza and warned the outbreak could be more “intensive” this year.
The 20 patients confirmed suffering from H1N1 influenza came from Yangon Region, Bago Region, Ayeyarwaddy Region and Chin State.
On July 24, authorities officially announced that two patients from YGH and one patient from NYGH in Yangon and 10 patients from Matupi township, Chin State were confirmed with Seasonal Influenza H1N1.
On July 25, they announced that another three H1N1-positive patients were confirmed at Yangon General Hospital and two patients, a pregnant woman and a 25-year-old man from Bago died and tested positive after death.
A total of 35 patients had been tested by the country’s National Health Laboratory as health officials intensified surveillance in hospitals and in communities.
People in Yangon and nearby areas rushed to buy face masks to protect themselves from being infected.
The H1N1 had already been in Myanmar since 2001 and nine people sufferred from the disease last year.
In 2009, more than 170 people have been infected by the virus.