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Statement from Dr. Perry Kendal on Alberta flu death

Released by the BCCDC


ritish Columbia’s provincial health officer released the following statement on the recent H5N1 influenza death in Alberta:


“B.C. was informed on Jan. 8 by Alberta health officials that they have confirmed a fatal case of H5N1 influenza in someone who recently returned from Beijing, China.

“As reported earlier by Health Canada and the Alberta Ministry of Health, this individual died on Jan. 4, 2014, after being treated in Edmonton for severe respiratory illness.

“This individual did travel through the Vancouver International Airport on their way to Edmonton and we have confirmed that the individual spent 2.5 hours in Vancouver airport on Dec. 27 between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., awaiting a connecting flight.

“From what we know about H5N1, human-to-human transmission is very rare and, if it occurs, is confined to close family contacts. It is, therefore, extremely unlikely that any passengers or casual contacts would have been at risk

“BC Centre for Disease Control will continue to monitor this situation and my office will provide additional updates as the need arises or as additional information becomes available.”

Read the B.C. Provincial Health Officer's full statement here.

Read the statement by the Alberta Minister of Health here.


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