H1N1 flu cases fall sharply in August
SEASONAL influenza H1N1 infection is significantly going down since August 15, according to health officials.
The second reviewed statement on H1N1 of the Ministry of Health and Sports establishes that 37 patients died from H1N1 and 398 other cases were reported from July 11 to September 11.
It further mentions that the current infection rate has caused very few fatalities.
Dr Than Tun Aung, deputy director general of the Department of Public Health said that “[they] will continue surveillance and prevention, including in hospitals. Even though the fatality and transmission is going down, [they] have to remain vigilant”.
From July 21 to September 11, a total of 1,131 patients have been tested, among them 398 were diagnosed with H1N1 and 46 with H3N2.
Thirty-seven of the infected patients passed away, which sets the fatality rate at 3.27 percent.
The share of fatalities amounts to 60 pc for individuals between 13 and 65 years old; 21 pc under five years old; 14 pc between five and 12 years old; and five percents above 65 years old.
The statement reports that the current situation is of low severity due to low transmission level. – Myint Kay Thi