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    Death Toll of Swine Flu Virus Outbreak in Myanmar Reaches 23

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    The death toll in an outbreak of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, in Myanmar has reached 23, media reported Friday citing official data.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Since July 21, 535 people have been hospitalized with severe acute respiratory infection in the country and the H1N1 virus had claimed 23 patients so far, while 204 others were confirmed to have been infected with it, the country's Ministry of Health and Sports said, as cited by the Anadolu news agency.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is providing technical assistance to the Myanmar government, Than Tun Aung, deputy director general of the ministry's Health Department, said.

    Swine flu (subtype H1N1 of influenza A virus) is common among pigs. Transmission of the virus from animals to humans is not common and does not always lead to human flu, often resulting instead in the production of antibodies only. However, when it does develop in humans, it carries a higher risk of fatality than the common flu.


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