YANGON, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Six more people have died of current seasonal influenza A (H1N1), bringing the total death toll to 87 as of Saturday, according to the figures released by the Public Health Department late Sunday.
Of the victims scattered in nine regions and states, Yangon region registered the highest mortality rate with 63, followed by Ayeyawaddy region with eight and Bago region with five.
This year's death toll broke the record of 2017 when there were 38 deaths and at least 400 people were infected nationwide.
Minister of Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe called for raising the momentum of addressing the issue, while closely monitoring the development of the influenza attack.
The symptoms of the seasonal influenza come within one to five days which is called incubation period after exposure to the infected person as the virus is spread through airborne droplets from sneezing and coughing or by hands which are contaminated with secretions.