First N. America H5N1 Bird Flu Death Confirmed in Canada
Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the deceased person was an Alberta resident who had recently travelled to Beijing.
Calling the death an "isolated case", Ms Ambrose said the risk to the general population was low.
Ten people have died in Alberta this season from swine flu, or H1N1.
…the infected person first showed symptoms of the flu on an Air Canada flight from Beijing to Vancouver on 27 December, officials said.
The passenger continued on to Edmonton and on 1 January was admitted to hospital where they died two days later.
Canadian federal health officials said they would not identify the patient's sex, age or occupation.
reply to post by RogueValleyMFR
I think you are confusing H1N1 with H5N1. This is the first death of H5N1 in all of North America.
For once I trust that the Albertan medical society and Canada in general will be able to handle this just fine.
One case is just that - one case. But why would you think it's in any society's power to handle this just fine? Seems the strain was not identified til after the patient died,
Why do you think the Edmonton case is patient zero? Do you have an inside source?
The index case or primary case is the initial patient in the population of an epidemiological investigation, or more generally, the first case of a condition or syndrome to be described in the medical literature, whether or not the patient is thought to be the first person affected. ...
Great to have an inside track. I imagine there's much chatter in Edmonton's medical community. I'm curious whether or not it's a new clade. (Hint, hint.) Also, if we don't start hearing about other new cases within 7-15 days, it probably is an isolated case.
PS. My daughter and her significant other just moved there. How 'bout I send her over to your house if TSHTF?