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An outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in Rakhine State claimed the lives of eight children in July, said a state government official.

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PARIS (AFP) - Drug-resistant malaria parasites are firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, threatening global efforts to control the disease, researchers warned in a study published this week.

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Medecins Sans Frontieres has for the first time in Myanmar been providing oral treatment for an opportunistic disease linked to HIV/AIDS that can cause permanent blindness, the international non-government medical aid organisation said on July 23.

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The death of scores of rats near an Ayeyarwady Delta village is nothing to worry about, says a rodent specialist with Myanma Agricultural Service.

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A section of the tollway between Yangon's northern outskirts and the national capital, Nay Pyi Taw. The government announced plans to improve the highway after an accident involving a bus on May 12 which has claimed the lives of 16 people. The tollway has the highest road accident fatality rate in Myanmar. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

National Democratic Force MPs have expressed fear about using the tollway linking Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw to travel to the national capital for the next sitting of parliament beginning on May 28.

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 The remains of the bus which crashed on the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw tollway on May 13, killing 14 people in the biggest single loss of life in an accident on what the media has dubbed the "death highway." Photo: Win Ko Ko Latt/Mizzima

The Ministry of Construction has unveiled plans to widen a section of the tollway between Yangon and Mandalay after 14 people were killed in the deadliest accident on the highway linking the commercial capital and Nay Pyi Taw.

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