Myanmar officials say 3 die of swine flu

AP News
Posted: Jul 25, 2017 9:00 AM
Myanmar officials say 3 die of swine flu

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Health officials in Myanmar say the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, has killed three people out of 13 confirmed cases this month.

A Yangon General Hospital doctor, Khin Theingi Myint, said Tuesday that two infected patients died after being admitted to his hospital and one died earlier this month in Chin state in western Myanmar, where 11 of the infections were found.

The Health Ministry first confirmed the batch of cases on Monday.

The infections are from the type of H1N1 virus that was first identified in Mexico in 2009 which caused an outbreak that killed several thousand people worldwide. It is usually caused by exposure to infected pigs and is now treated as a seasonal flu rather than a major health threat.