One of them was a 79-year-old woman who was seeking treatment for some heart-related ailment and H1N1 virus was detected during the course of investigation, Dr Dash said.
However, no medical staff have contracted the virus from direct contact with patients, the health authorities said, adding that patients diagnosed with respiratory disease in Yangon are being treated at a specialist hospital in North Okkalarpa, a town near Yangon.
Myanmar's parliamentarians have put forward a motion urging the government to carry out extensive awareness campaign against the spread of seasonal influenza A/H1N1, also known as swine flu. "I visited her at the hospital and we are arranging to provide medical care for her family", he said.
The Himalayan Times quoted EDCD as saying that six people had died of H1N1 influenza this year - two from Kaski and one each from Syangja, Lalitpur, Nawalparasi and Kathmandu districts. He said EDCD feared that there could be more cases of swine flu in the coming days. He further informed that the department has sent samples of 22 suspected patients to the NCDC for test of H1 N1 but reports of 21 samples are yet to arrive.
Stating that the state government was fully geared up to deal with any situation, Dr Dash said there is sufficient stock of medicines in the state. Dr Sharma said even those suspected of swine flu infection should avoid handshake and hugging, stay away from crowd, and wear mask to prevent the spread of disease. With them the number of swine flu patients this year has increased to 51 in Dehradun.