Fifteen out of 34 suspect patients admitted to Magway General Hospital were found infected with swine flu and one of them has died, according to Dr Tun Aung Kyi, head of the region's public health department.
A two-year-old girl was admitted to the hospital on July 24 and found infected with seasonal influenza. Her condition was stable, sources said.
Tun Aung Kyi said: “More patients with coughing and flu-like symptoms were admitted to the hospital. We gave them medical examinations. A total of 34 patients were admitted to the hospital by August 10.
"Fifteen of them were found to be infected with A positive flu and one of them with B positive. The rest of them were negative,” he said.
“If we suspect of flu, we send their nasal swabs to the national laboratory in Yangon. We sent swabs of nine patients and the lab replied to us that six were infected. The results of the remaining three have not come back. One out of six H1N1 patients was dead on August 7. He was ill for seven days at his home in Salin Township and he arrived late at the hospital,” Tun Aung Kyi said.
The H1N1 patients are from Magway, Taungdwingyi, Min
The outbreak of the H1N1 has still not reached in emergency state and staff from the department and civic organisations are lecturing and distributing handouts about flu in villages and schools, Tun Aung Kyi said.
The flu mainly infected people with weak immune system, Tun Aung Kyi said. A nurse was admitted to the hospital with suspected H1N1 on August 9, he said.