BANGKOK – At least 12 people have died in Myanmar from the outbreak of H1N1, also known as swine flu, and several dozen more still remain hospitalized, Myanmar state media reported on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Health in Myanmar confirmed on Monday the death of two other patients admitted to a children’s hospital in the country’s former capital of Yangon, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper.
Health authorities also reported that 210 other people had to be hospitalized due to respiratory problems, 62 of which are confirmed to have contracted the disease.
The Health Ministry of Myanmar also sent a report on the situation of the outbreak to the World Health Organization (WHO) last week, and asked for assistance in containing the virus and supplying vaccines, medicines and equipment.
Authorities called on citizens to follow precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, which include avoiding large crowds, regularly washing hands and consulting doctors after noticing influenza-like symptoms that do not subside in two days.
Myanmar has not experienced any H1N1 outbreaks since the 2009 global pandemic, during which dozens of people were infected in the country.
Last week, authorities also reported an outbreak of the H7N9 virus, also known as bird flu, detected in June in the southern city of Dawei, which were the first cases found since 2006, leading the government to cull some 1,800 chickens.