First case of Avian Flu confirmed in Canada

The person from Alberta had recently been travelling in China...

Federal public health officials say a fatal case of H5N1 bird flu has been reported in Canada, the first such case in North America.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose says the case, which was located in Alberta, was an isolated one and that the risk to the general public is very low.

Officials say the H5N1 strain is unrelated to the seasonal flu outbreak.

The victim was apparently travelling from China when symptoms first appeared and later died in hospital.

Officials say that while they don't know how the virus was contracted, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

The World Health Organization says that as of mid-December, there had been 648 laboratory-confirmed human cases of H5N1 flu, reported from 15 countries. Of that total, 384 infections have been fatal.

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  1. GaryG posted on 01/08/2014 04:40 PM
    Why do people insist on traveling to these backward unhygienic unsanitary limited or no human rights countries?
  2. SueA posted on 01/08/2014 04:51 PM
    Would the common flu vaccine protect against this strain of H5N1 Avian Flu?
  3. Ian posted on 01/08/2014 07:05 PM
    Well, if you keep the relationship with Cinese crap. you have to pay the price! How stupid are we?
    1. Starchid posted on 01/11/2014 07:28 PM
      @Ian Very...all due respect for the exceptions
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