Authorities are closely monitoring seasonal influenza H1N1 infection as there have been reposts of cases in some regions, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
The ministry is carrying out monitoring processes by drawing flu prevention and response plan as seasonal flu usually break outs in the rainy and cold seasons.
After reviewing Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Strategic Plan in order to take monitoring and response measures in accord with Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, the ministry is doing task such as conducting staff capacity building courses, practical training course related to seasonal flu, opening a public health emergency management center, keeping necessary medicines and medical equipment ready at hospitals, launching educative talks on public health, upgrading the national health laboratory and doing research work.
According to a press release issued on September 20, Naga Self-Administered Zone is the process of being monitored as some villages face seasonal influenza infections. Some patients infected with influenza AH1N1 pdm 09 have been in Pawkun and Shanhenoknyo villages of the zone.
From August 25 to September 7 this year, five young children reportedly died in Nanyon Township of Naga Self-Administered Zone in Sagaing Region. On August 29, health teams from the ministry and Sagaing Region Public Health Department started field trips to the affected villages and carried out disease control tasks.
Seasonal influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 strain was found in Mexico in April 2009 and it has spread to other global countries in the form of pandemic.