H5N1 forces schools to be closed

Some 140 schools have been closed in Dawei town in Thanintharyi Re­gion for week fol­low­ing the out­break of H5N1 out­break in the area, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial.

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Front Page - EI SHWE PHYU eish­we­phyu@mm­times.com

A TO­TAL of 141 schools have been shut down in Dawei town in Thanintharyi Re­gion for 5 days due to the H5N1 out­break in the area, a re­gional ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cial said Thurs­day.

“All of the schools from Dawie town were closed from 27 July to 31, due to H5N1 out­break ,” U Kyaw Kyaw Tun, head­mas­ter for the No. (6)Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion High School, told to The Myan­mar Times.

In­fluenza A virus sub­type H5N1, also known as A(H5N1) or H5N1, is a sub­type of the in­fluenza A virus which can cause ill­ness in hu­mans and many other an­i­mal species.

So far there were no re­ported hu­man fa­tal­i­ties in the H5N1 out­break in Dawei.

But thou­sands of chick­ens that have died since July 16 were sent to a lab­o­ra­tory in the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal Yan­gon and were con­firmed through test­ing that they had con­tracted the H5N1 type of avian in­fluenza.

Nearly 2,000 more chick­ens were culled af­ter the virus was de­tected in June at a farm in Dawei, the state-run Global New Light of Myan­mar has re­ported

“Town­ships health of­fices or­dered schools to send in­for­ma­tion if any pupils are ab­sent for more than 3 days be­cause of ill­ness,” U kyaw Kyaw Tun said.

Ac­cord­ing to DAWEI WATCH, a lo­cal-based me­dia from Thanintharyi Re­gion, the re­gion’s Live­stock Breed­ing and Ve­teri­nary Depart­ment con­firmed in a let­ter on July 25 of a se­vere flu virus (H5N1) oc­cur­rence in Dawei.

The H5N1 out­break in Dawei oc­curred as the coun­try strug­gled to con­tain an out­break of the deadly H1N1 dis­ease that al­ready claimed six lives and in­fected 30 oth­ers.

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