BANGKOK – Myanmar authorities raised the death toll in the outbreak of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, to 19, while dozens remain hospitalized, local media reported on Friday.
The Ministry of Health confirmed on Thursday the death of two children from the regions of Irrawaddy and Magwe who were admitted in a children’s hospital in Naypyidaw, according to The Irrawaddy news portal.
Health authorities reported 183 people have contracted the virus, according to the blood analyses carried out between July 21-Aug. 9, of which 63 are being treated in various parts of the country.
Most of the patients are recovering from the flu, added the authorities.
In late July, the ministry submitted a report on the epidemiological situation to the World Health Organization, requesting assistance to contain the virus, vaccines, medicines and detection equipment, among others.
The authorities instructed people to follow recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus, which include avoiding the crowds, washing hands frequently and seeing the doctor if getting the flu symptoms that do not subside in two days.
Myanmar has not experienced an H1N1 influenza outbreak since the 2009 global pandemic, in which dozens of people in the country were infected.
Authorities also reported last week on the first cases – since 2006 – of H7N9 virus, commonly known as bird flu, which was detected in June in Dawei, in southern Myanmar, leading to the culling of about 1,800 chicken.