Health


US health officials on Thursday recommended that pregnant women postpone nonessential travel to 11 Southeast Asian countries because of the risk of Zika virus infection, which has been shown to cause severe birth defects.

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Myanmar’s air is not only harmful to breathe, it’s also among the worst in the world, according to new information from the World Health Organization.

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Myanmar’s deputy home affairs minister said yesterday that authorities have in recent weeks seized K2.8 billion (US$2.3 million) worth of counterfeit drugs, expired medicines and related production materials.

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For Ko Yan Naing Soe, 18, it started with a high fever. Thinking it was nothing serious, he didn’t seek medical advice.

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Daw San San has been tormented by “what if” questions since her brother died last year at one of Yangon’s biggest public hospitals. Ko Than Zaw Moe, 41, waited at the hospital in great pain for one-and-a-half days before he was correctly diagnosed. “But it was too late and he died two days later, after prolonged suffering,” San San said.

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A vaccine shortage is leaving hundreds of thousands of children at risk of a deadly viral outbreak in Rakhine State, health officials have said.

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Following a deadly disease outbreak that has taken the lives of dozens of children in a remote area of Sagaing Region, the health ministry has deployed basic medical staff to the underserved community.

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Battling to save 40,000 children at risk from a Japanese encephalitis outbreak, health officials have had to cope with recalcitrant local militias, difficult travel logistics and parents who attribute the disease not to infection but to witchcraft.

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The Burma Army stopped a Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) vehicle transporting medicine to internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Eastern Kachin State near the Chinese border and seized all the medicines on 25 August.

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The Burmese consulate in Chiang Mai has issued a warning to expectant mothers to postpone any travel plans to the northern Thai city amid a spread of the Zika virus.

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More than a month after initial reports of a deadly outbreak of measles in the Naga Self-Administered Zone started reaching people outside of this remote region of northern Burma, people there continue to die from the disease, despite efforts to contain its spread. To find out about the response to the health crisis hitting one of the poorest parts of Burma, DVB spoke to Naw Aung Sann, the general secretary of the Council of Naga Affairs.

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A number of people in Sagaing Division’s Chaung-U Township have developed symptoms of infection after coming into contact with the carcasses of cattle that have died in recent weeks from an unidentified disease, according to local officials.

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A campaign led by the US international aid agency aims to fight malaria among more than 3 million people in 33 townships across Kayin and Rakhine states, and Tanintharyi Region over the next five years.

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The death toll from a measles epidemic has risen to 68 in Burma’s remote Naga Self-Administered Zone, according to a regional lawmaker and other relief workers providing support to the affected areas.

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Burma’s state media has reported that 19 people across the country have died so far this year from Japanese encephalitis, while some 173 confirmed cases of the disease have been recorded.

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The Chindwin River in Upper Burma is contaminated with a significantly high level of heavy metals, making its water unsafe to drink, according to government officials.

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Several representatives of the Naga community in northwestern Burma have reacted angrily to a government announcement that the deadly measles virus, which recently struck the region, has been contained.

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Days after Myanmar authorities claimed to have brought a measles outbreak that has killed dozens under control, another child has died of the illness, Anadolu Agency reported on 14 August.

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An outbreak of measles which affected some remote villages in far northwestern Myanmar’s Naga Self-Administrative Zone (SAZ) is now finally under control, according to the Naga SAZ authorities, state media reported.

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The recent measles outbreak in the Naga region has once again shone a spotlight on healthcare access in remote and contested areas.

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