The H1N1 swine flu outbreak in Myanmar has killed 10 and infected 51 as the government stepped up public awareness campaigns about the swine flu virus.

The latest H1N1 outbreak began more than a week ago, said Thinzar Aung, deputy director of the infectious diseases department at the Ministry of Health and Sport, with Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, the worst affected area.

Authorities have carried out health awareness campaigns and sought to calm public fears over the outbreak, although stores have sold out of surgical masks in Yangon. Authorities have told the public not to panic and described the latest outbreak as a regular seasonal occurrence.