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Canada Confirms Second Bird Flu Case

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on February 1, 2015 at 3:55 PM
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 Canada Confirms Second Bird Flu Case

A second case of bird flu has been confirmed in Canada's westernmost British Columbia province. On Monday, tests confirmed the first human case of H7N9 bird flu in North America in a Canadian woman who had just returned home from a trip to China, while her husband's diagnosis was confirmed three days later.

The couple in their 50s began feeling sick days after returning home. Canada's chief public health officer, Gregory Taylor said, "Since both cases became symptomatic one day apart, it is likely they were exposed to a common source, rather than one having been infected by the other."

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Neither patient required hospitalization and both are recovering in self-isolation at home.

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