If current trends persist, it could become the world’s biggest killer in just a few decades, researchers said on Tuesday.
Serum samples taken from recently deceased pigs in Shan State tested positive for African swine fever, marking the virus’ first confirmed appearance in Myanmar.
In Myanmar, where over half of all mothers breastfeed for the recommended first six months, private-sector workers are entitled to just 14 weeks of maternity leave.
Several thousand pigs have died in the last 18 days. Serum samples are currently being tested and, if positive, it would be the first instance of the disease in Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy talks to the Mekong Institute’s Dwight Jason Ronan, Myanmar country coordinator, about food safety at home and in neighboring countries.
Of 81 deaths related to H1N1 flu infections so far this year, 65 of them were due to complications of preexisting health issues. Once again, Yangon lead the count.
Drifting haze from fires set to prepare land for planting in palm oil, paper and wood pulp production is a regular and serious problem across Southeast Asia.
In the majority of cases, the virus alone was not fatal but was a complicating factor for pre-existing conditions. Thirty-three of those deaths occurred in Yangon.
Officials say U Win Khine's condition is not critical and he is holding meetings and working from home; Agriculture Minister U Aung Thu is helping to run the Electricity Ministry.
Deaths in Yangon and Sagaing Regions bring the toll of fatal flu infections to five as of Thursday evening, with Yangon Region seeing the most cases.
Of 20 suspected patients, seven have been confirmed to be infected with the deadly virus, including the three deceased.
A national blood drive encourages everyone to donate on World Blood Donor Day in an effort to reduce the 100-liter daily national blood bank deficit.
Organic Valley sells natural food products, supporting chemical-free farming communities in an effort to promote healthier living in Myanmar.
Dangerous diets have taken over as the world’s biggest killer, as healthier traditional foods are being shunned for Western fast-food diets laden with sugar, salt and fat.
The Netflix film "Period. End of Sentence." won the Oscar for best short documentary shining a spotlight on a topic rarely discussed openly in the country.