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.
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.