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A/H1N1 Virus Ruled Out as Cause of Pig Deaths

by 5m Editor
8 July 2009, at 11:49am

MYANMAR - The Myanmar health authorities have confirmed that the recent death of nine pigs in a pig farm in a Yangon's suburban township was due to food poisoning and not swine flu, the local weekly 7-Day News reported Wednesday.

According to examination of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, the nine pigs bred in the South Okkalapa township died of food poisoning on 28 June being being fed with littered rotten food.

The nine pigs out of 23 died on the spot, while three others were rescued after the case was reported to the authorities.

There has been so far no case of swine flu infected to pigs in Myanmar but a single girl who was infected with new influenza A/H1N1.

However, the new flu A/H1N1 case has been under control in the country, according to Wednesday's announcement of the Health Ministry which also confirmed that none of the 203 persons coming into contact with a new flu girl victim were found further infected with the A/H1N1 virus.

Myanmar reported the first case of new flu A/H1N1 in the country on 27 June with a 13-year-old girl who developed the symptoms after coming back home from Singapore a day earlier.

The girl patient is now reported to be in the stage of gradual recovery after she was hospitalized.