Canada's Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Gregory Taylor speaks during an announcement, Wednesday January 8, 2014 in Ottawa. Officials announced the first reported death in North America from H5N1 bird flu.
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One H5N1 bird flu death confirmed in Canada, officials downplay risk

Canadian officials have confirmed the first human death from H5N1 bird flu in North America, during a press conference Wednesday (January 8), but the officials repeatedly emphasized that there is no risk of transmission between humans.

The case was confirmed in a lab test Tuesday night.

The person, a resident of the western Canadian province of Alberta, first showed symptoms of the flu on a December 27 flight from Beijing to Vancouver aboard Air Canada flight 3030. The passenger continued on to Edmonton after spending a few hours in the Vancouver airport and was admitted to hospital Jan. 1.

More information:
Globe and Mail – Canadian is first to die from H5N1 bird flu in North America – here
CBC News – H5N1 bird flu death confirmed in Alberta, 1st in North America – here

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