More than 1,800 chickens were culled after the virus was detected at a farm in the southern town of Dawei last month.
Many governments advise aganst travelling to areas of Myanmar bordering Bangladesh, China, India, Laos and Thailand because of military clashes, ethnic conflict, banditry and unmarked land mines; or to Rakhine State because of civil unrest.
Under Ne Win's rule, widespread corruption and nepotism led the Burmese economy into a downward spiral from which it has never fully recovered.
Pro-democracy demonstrations in 1988 were violently crushed, with general Saw Maung taking over in a coup and installing the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) to rule the country, now renamed Myanmar.
In the interest of securing their collective independence from Britain, the tribes reached an agreement to submit to collective governance—with power sharing among the ethnicities and states—for ten years, after which each tribe would be afforded the right to secede from the union.
The terms of this "Pinlon Agreement" were enshrined in the 1947/1948 constitution of the new Union of Burma.
It was administered as a province of India until 1947 when it became a separate self-governing colony.
Large parts of Western Burma, particularly the hilly areas bordering India and the city of Mandalay, were severely damaged during the war.
Authorities have told the public not to panic and described the latest outbreak as a regular seasonal occurrence."We have never withheld any information about the infection of the disease," Heath Minister Myint Htwe was quoted as saying by state-run newspaper Global New Light of Myanmar."We are releasing real information on the seasonal influenza H1N1 in real time." H1N1 has been among the strains of flu circulating in Myanmar seasonally since a global pandemic in 2009, although deaths from the virus had not been reported in recent years, heath officials have said.
Aside from those killed by the virus, 51 people have been confirmed to have contracted the disease, according to the Health Ministry.
The new central government of the nation quickly worked to consolidate its power, marginalising and angering tribal leaders and setting off more than a decade of armed conflict.
In 1961, more than 200 ethnic leaders from the Shan people, Kachin people, Red Karen, Karen people, Chin peoples, Mon people and Rakhine people met with ethnic Bamar (Burmese) central government authorities to draft a new form of government which would ensure the tribes both autonomy and self-determination within a federal system. Nevertheless, up until Ne Win's coup in 1962, Burma was regarded as one of the most developed and fastest growing economies in Asia, and widely touted as a contender to be the next Japan.With democratic reforms during the 2010s, the country's future is uncertain.