H1N1 influenza cases inches toward 500 across Myanmar

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-27 14:54:39|Editor: ZD
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YANGON, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Numbers of infection cases of seasonal Influenza A (H1N1) pdm 09 reached 498 nationwide in Myanmar as of Monday, said figures from the Public Health Department under the Ministry of Health and Sports on Tuesday.

So far, the influenza claimed a total of 105 deaths across Myanmar from Jan.1 to Aug. 26 this year.

Regionally, Yangon region saw highest mortality rate with 68 deaths, followed by Ayeyarwady region with 13 deaths, Bago region with 10 deaths while three deaths each were reported in Magway and Bago region, and one death was reported in Tanintharyi region, respectively.

Also, Mon state registered with three deaths while two deaths were reported in Rakhine state and one death each in Kachin state and Shan state.

Of the total deaths, 85 deaths were those who suffered from H1N1 influenza with underlying diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and other immune-deficiency conditions, according to the Central Epidemiology Unit and National Health Laboratory under the ministry.

The influenza virus spread through airborne droplets from sneezing and coughing or by hands which are contaminated with secretions.