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Union Day delegates finally able to return home

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Delegates from western Burma’s Chin State who were attending the February 12th Union Day celebrations in Naypyidaw were finally able to return home after being held back due to fears over an outbreak of the A(H1N1) virus.

The 50-member delegation had their return trip delayed for two weeks after two of the delegates were found to be infected with the viral flu, finally arriving home in Chin State on February 25th.

Treatment was given to delegate Zin May Oo, age 25, from Matupi Township of southern Chin State and Than Tun, age 24, of Mindat Township, after they were detected at Pyinmana Hospital of being infected with the flu.

The remaining delegates were reportedly quarantined and administered preventive medication before being permitted to return home.

While Mizzima can confirm that two Chin delegates were infected, a Chin delegate told Mizzima that several delegates from other states were also found infected with the virus and were admitted to Pyinmana Hospital following official celebrations of the 63rd Union Day in the country’s new capital.

The 32 male and 18 female Chin delegates were flown to Kalemyo in Sagaing Division from Naypyidaw on February 24th and transported to their respective hometowns in Chin State the next day.

Reporting by Salai Tun
Last Updated ( Monday, 05 April 2010 17:54 )  
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