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    Press conference with Canada Health confirms first human death of H5N1 in Canada....

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/1-ca...erta-1.2489160

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    Canadian first to die from H5N1 bird flu in North America (Globe & Mail, January 8 2014, edited)

    Source. Globe and Mail, full page:

    Canadian first to die from H5N1 bird flu in North America

    ANDRE PICARD

    The Globe and Mail

    Published Wednesday, Jan. 08 2014, 3:59 PM EST
    Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 08 2014, 3:59 PM EST


    Canada has just recorded the first human death from H5N1 bird flu in North America.

    The Alberta resident died on Jan. 3 after returning from China. It is not known how the disease was contracted.

    (...)


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    • #3
      Re: Canadian first to die from H5N1 bird flu in North America (Globe & Mail, January 8 2014, edited)

      Source: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/alberta...h5n1-1.1629498

      ... The woman died Jan. 3 after falling ill on her way back home from a trip to China in late December.

      Officials say there is no evidence that the avian flu had spread to others around the woman, and her family members are showing no sign of the virus...

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      • #4
        Re: Canadian first to die from H5N1 bird flu in North America (Globe & Mail, January 8 2014, edited)

        [Source: CBC, full page: (LINK). Extract.]


        1 case of H5N1 fatal avian influenza confirmed in Alberta

        Health Minister Rona Ambrose says isolated case of avian influenza confirmed in Alberta

        CBC News Posted: Jan 08, 2014 3:15 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 08, 2014 4:06 PM ET


        Alberta health officials have confirmed an isolated, fatal case of H5N1 or avian influenza, Health Minister Rona Ambrose said Wednesday. The infected person, an Alberta resident who recently travelled to Beijing, China, died Jan. 3. The case was confirmed in a lab test last night. It's the first such case in North America.

        Officials created confusion by referring to the patient as "him" and "her" in order to avoid identifying anyone. Officials said that they would not identify the sex, age or occupation of the patient.

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        • #5
          Re: Canadian first to die from H5N1 bird flu in North America (Globe & Mail, January 8 2014, edited)

          The person traveled on Air Canada 27 December 2013. The flight numbers are:

          AC 030 Bejiing to Vancouver, Canada and
          AC 244 Vancouver to Edmonton Canada

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          • #6
            Re: H5N1 death in Alberta

            Alberta woman dies from avian flu in North America's first human case of H5N1

            Sonja Puzic, CTVNews.ca
            Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014 3:59PM EST
            Last Updated Wednesday, January 8, 2014 4:48PM EST

            North America’s first human case of H5N1, or avian flu, was confirmed after an Alberta woman died from the virus, Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced Wednesday.
            The woman died Jan. 3 after falling ill on her way home from a trip to China in late December.


            Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/alberta...#ixzz2pqa4xWXT
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            • #7
              Re: H5N1 death in Alberta

              Via Helen Branswell's twitter page - https://twitter.com/HelenBranswell

              Helen Branswell ‏@HelenBranswell 59m
              Canadian authorities say Alberta #H5N1 #flu case appears to be isolated case. Traveled from Beijing to Vancouver, then Edmonton Dec. 27.

              Helen Branswell ‏@HelenBranswell 56m
              Alberta chief medical officer says fatal #H5N1 case didn'thave respiratory symptoms; cause of death listed as meningococcal meningitis.

              Helen Branswell ‏@HelenBranswell 54m
              #H5N1 diagnosis made post-death in Canadian case. As she didn't have respiratory symptoms, healthcare workers may have used less precautions

              Helen Branswell ‏@HelenBranswell 48m
              Correcting self: Woman showed symptoms of meningococcal encephaliitis, not meningitis.

              Helen Branswell ‏@HelenBranswell 47m
              @PHAC_GC will contact people who were on flights with the fatal #H5N1 case. They haven't yet - feel risk of transmission on flights is low.

              Helen Branswell ‏@HelenBranswell 46m
              Flights were Air Canada 030 Beijing to Vancouver on Dec. 27, Air Canada 244 from Vancouver to Edmonton same day #H5N1 in Canada.
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              • #8
                Re: H5N1 death in Alberta

                H5N1 Bird Flu: First Case Found In Canada
                Huffington Post Canada | Posted: 01/08/2014 3:59 pm EST | Updated: 01/08/2014 4:54 pm EST

                Health officials announced today that the first North American case of H5N1 flu has been found in Canada.
                ...
                The person was admitted to hospital on Jan. 1 and died on Jan. 3.
                ...
                http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/01...n_4563772.html
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                • #9
                  Re: H5N1 death in Alberta

                  Meningococcoal meningitis or encephalitis would be caused by meningococcal bacteria; here is the correct description:

                  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...board/follows/

                  [snip]

                  Dr. James Talbot, chief medical officer for Alberta, said the person was admitted to hospital on Jan. 1 with high fever and “decreasing CNS consciousness” (meaning extreme lethargy). There was no cough or other signs of respiratory illness, which is usually the case with influenza, but not always with H5N1. Dr. Talbot said the patient died of meningoencephalitis, or swelling of the brain.

                  Because of the unusual presentation of the illness, a sample of the person’s blood was sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, which confirmed on Tuesday night that the infection was caused by H5N1 virus.

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                  • #10
                    Re: H5N1 death in Alberta

                    Part of a Q&A with the Canadian Minister of Health;

                    http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.1618959
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                    • #11
                      Re: H5N1 death in Alberta

                      Avian influenza death confirmed in Alberta
                      Jan 08, 2014 Media inquiries

                      Health Minister Fred Horne released the following statement today regarding Alberta’s first rare and isolated case of avian influenza.

                      Results that were received from the provincial laboratory on Monday, and confirmed by the National Microbiology Laboratory on Tuesday, indicate that an Albertan has died from H5N1 avian influenza.

                      This individual travelled to China in December. Upon returning to Alberta, this person was admitted to hospital on Jan. 1 and passed away on Jan. 3.

                      “I would like to extend my condolences to the family for the loss of their loved one. I also want to thank our health care workers and our Chief Medical Officer of Health for their swift action and for their close co-ordination with the Government of Canada,” said Health Minister Fred Horne.

                      “This is a very rare and isolated case,” said Dr. James Talbot, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Avian influenza is not easily transmitted from person to person. It is not the same virus that is currently present in seasonal influenza in Alberta.

                      “Public health has followed up with all close contacts of this individual and offered Tamiflu as a precaution. None of them have symptoms and the risk of developing symptoms is extremely low. Precautions for health care staff were also taken as part of this individual’s hospital treatment.

                      “I expect that with the rarity of transmission and the additional precautions taken, there will be no more cases in Alberta.”

                      In 2013, there were 38 world-wide cases of H5N1 avian influenza reported to the World Health Organization and 24 deaths.

                      Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

                      Related information
                      Avian influenza resources:

                      Alberta Health website

                      MyHealth.Alberta.ca

                      Canadian Food Inspection Agency

                      World Health Organization


                      Media inquiries
                      Matthew Grant
                      Press Secretary, Health
                      780-222-6433
                      call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000
                      http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=35...11D53248E7B8B2
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                      • #12
                        Re: Canada - H5N1 death in Alberta after travel from China - died from meningoencephalitis

                        I merged 2 threads about this case. Thanks everyone.

                        Frankly, I am surprised this did not happen years ago. China does not have a history of being forthcoming about H5N1.

                        Luckily Canada has a sophisticated public health system.
                        "May the long time sun
                        Shine upon you,
                        All love surround you,
                        And the pure light within you
                        Guide your way on."

                        "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
                        Aristotle

                        “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
                        Mohandas Gandhi

                        Be the light that is within.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Canada - H5N1 death in Alberta after travel from China - died from meningoencephalitis

                          Originally posted by sharon sanders View Post
                          . . . China does not have a history of being forthcoming about H5N1. . . .
                          Officially China has only reported 45 cases of H5N1, or about 7% of all H5N1 cases. Last year (2013) China only reported two H5N1 cases. Together Indonesia, Egypt, and Vietnam have reported about 75% of all H5N1 cases, yet not one foreign national been infected in these countries. How likely is it that a foreign visitor would be infected in a country that only reported two human H5N1 cases last year.
                          http://novel-infectious-diseases.blogspot.com/

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                          • #14
                            Re: Canada - H5N1 death in Alberta after travel from China - died from meningoencephalitis

                            Originally posted by Laidback Al View Post
                            Officially China has only reported 45 cases of H5N1, or about 7% of all H5N1 cases. Last year (2013) China only reported two H5N1 cases. Together Indonesia, Egypt, and Vietnam have reported about 75% of all H5N1 cases, yet not one foreign national been infected in these countries. How likely is it that a foreign visitor would be infected in a country that only reported two human H5N1 cases last year.
                            Not very.

                            This is the 2nd China exported human avian influenza case reported TODAY.

                            The first one - an H7N9 case:

                            #157 - Man, 65, onset date January 3, hospitalized in Hong Kong January 7, travel history to Shenzhen, Guangdong province
                            "May the long time sun
                            Shine upon you,
                            All love surround you,
                            And the pure light within you
                            Guide your way on."

                            "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
                            Aristotle

                            “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
                            Mohandas Gandhi

                            Be the light that is within.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Canada - H5N1 death in Alberta after travel from China - died from meningoencephalitis

                              Alberta Canada Reports Fatal (Imported) H5N1 Infection



                              Alberta, Canada – Credit Wikipedia


                              # 8141


                              The story is only about 30 minutes old, and details are still emerging, but we have word of the first fatal case of H5N1 in North America, that of a Chinese traveler who recently died in an Alberta hospital, and who was subsequently tested and found to have been infected with the H5N1 virus.

                              Our first stop is an announcement issued by the government of Alberta followed by excerpts from a Canadian Press news report.

                              Avian influenza death confirmed in Alberta
                              Jan 08, 2014 Media inquiries
                              Health Minister Fred Horne released the following statement today regarding Alberta’s first rare and isolated case of avian influenza.
                              Results that were received from the provincial laboratory on Monday, and confirmed by the National Microbiology Laboratory on Tuesday, indicate that an Albertan has died from H5N1 avian influenza.
                              This individual travelled to China in December. Upon returning to Alberta, this person was admitted to hospital on Jan. 1 and passed away on Jan. 3.
                              “I would like to extend my condolences to the family for the loss of their loved one. I also want to thank our health care workers and our Chief Medical Officer of Health for their swift action and for their close co-ordination with the Government of Canada,” said Health Minister Fred Horne.
                              “This is a very rare and isolated case,” said Dr. James Talbot, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Avian influenza is not easily transmitted from person to person. It is not the same virus that is currently present in seasonal influenza in Alberta.
                              “Public health has followed up with all close contacts of this individual and offered Tamiflu as a precaution. None of them have symptoms and the risk of developing symptoms is extremely low. Precautions for health care staff were also taken as part of this individual’s hospital treatment.
                              “I expect that with the rarity of transmission and the additional precautions taken, there will be no more cases in Alberta.”
                              In 2013, there were 38 world-wide cases of H5N1 avian influenza reported to the World Health Organization and 24 deaths.


                              This next report comes from The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION
                              Fatal case of H5N1 bird flu reported in Alberta, first North American case

                              By: The Canadian Press
                              Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at 3:12 PM | Comments: 0
                              OTTAWA - Federal public health officials say a fatal human 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 small.
                              "The risk of getting H5N1 is very low," Ambrose told a hastily assembled news conference in Ottawa via conference call.
                              "This case is not part of the seasonal flu, which circulates in Canada every year."
                              The H5N1 strain is unrelated to the seasonal flu outbreak, Ambrose added.
                              Health officials say the victim had travelled to China last month and was hospitalized after returning to Alberta on Jan. 1, then died two days later.
                              They say that while it remains unclear how the person contracted the virus, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission.
                              (Continue . . .)
                              While contact tracing will be done, at this point there’s no indication of onward transmission of the virus in North America. I expect we’ll be getting more details in the coming hours.

                              Stay tuned.

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                              "May the long time sun
                              Shine upon you,
                              All love surround you,
                              And the pure light within you
                              Guide your way on."

                              "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
                              Aristotle

                              “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
                              Mohandas Gandhi

                              Be the light that is within.

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