Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 event in Myanmar

Evaluation meeting on prevention and control of seasonal influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 in Yangon (15 October 2017)

WHO was notified by Ministry of Health & Sports, Myanmar, on 24th July 2017 of 13 cases of Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09. According to MoHS data as at 15 October 2017, there were 1,198 cases of severe acute respiratory infection and 401 cases are laboratory confirmed Influenza A(H1N1) pdm09. Among deaths with influenza, 38 deaths were likely due to Influenza whereas 22 were likely due to Influenza with co-morbidities. Majority of laboratory confirmed cases and deaths were from Yangon, Ayeyarwady and Bago Regions.

Through collaborative response of MoHS, WHO and all development partners, the trends for both laboratory confirmed Influenza A(H1N1) pdm09 cases and deaths have been decreasing significantly since mid-August 2017 attaining controlled situation within short duration.

After action review was carried out by Ministry of Health and Sports in collaboration with WHO, at the Department of Medical Research, Yangon, on Sunday 15 October 2017, to evaluate Influenza response measures. Lessons learnt were noted and preparatory steps for the next flu season agreed.