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First bird flu casualty of the season in China...
Bird flu claims first casualty in China
Jan 1, 2012: The Chinese government has confirmed a 39-year-old man's death in southern China due to bird flu, which is showing signs of resurfacing after an 18-month gap.
Authorities had earlier reported that two dead birds had tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus and ordered killing of thousands of birds in Hong Kong.

The official Xinhua news agency reported that the 39-year-old bus driver died of multiple organ failure at Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. He was admitted to a hospital last Sunday after he developed pneumonia. He tested positive for bird flu over the next few days.

The victim had not travelled outside Shenzhen in the past few months. The incident had triggered panic in Shenzhen after reports that he had come in contact with nearly 120 people.

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Amid Myanmar Swine Flu Outbreak, Atmosphere of Mistrust Prevails
August 04, 2017 — Myanmar’s government has repeatedly appealed for calm in recent weeks as the death toll from an outbreak of swine flu, or H1N1 influenza, has risen to 14 since the first cases were reported last month.
Officials have pointed to the fact that the strain of the virus, which was part of a global pandemic in 2009 that originated in pigs, is now considered a normal seasonal flu, and infections – if not deaths – have occurred in the country as recently as last year. But a lack of faith in the Myanmar government’s ability to handle a health crisis and a seemingly slow initial response have nevertheless created a disconnect, allowing an atmosphere of mistrust to prevail and pushing many to take matters into their own hands. Companies have given surgical face masks to employees, while some entrepreneurs are even selling them on the internet.

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Activist Thet Swe Win was one of many volunteers to take part in an awareness effort over the weekend on the streets of Yangon that consisted informing members of the public to wash their hands and wear masks when outdoors. “The reason for doing this campaign is that our government is not announcing any accurate information about this and people are afraid,” he said. The government, however, disputes allegations of passivity and obfuscation.

A street vendor sells masks to motorists to protect against the swine flu, July 25, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar.

Dr. Than Htun Aung, the deputy director of the public health department with Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and Sports, said the government has made announcements and continued to share protection methods while collaborating with the World Health Organization. “We did risk assessments about this, and responded rapidly to the patients, whether they were severely diagnosed or not,” he said. “We have to wait and see to tell whether it will get larger or disappear.”

The government has also recommended avoiding crowded places, hand washing and recognizing tell-tale symptoms as some of the first lines of defense rather than emphasize the use of face masks, which have not proven to be an always reliable safeguard against the virus. Dr. Than Htun Aung said that people don’t understand how influenza is spread, and they panicked because “they didn’t get correct information about this.” He did not specify what details were wrong or where they were being disseminated, except to say that “social media and media are responsible for providing correct information to people.”

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