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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:30 am 
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Canada's first bird flu victim flew from Hong Kong
(01-27 11:38)

A Vancouver area resident, who returned to Canada on an Air Canada flight from Hong Kong, has tested positive for the H7N9 avian flu.

It is the first documented case of the infection in a human in North America.

The woman, who is in her 50s, had returned to Canada visiting numerous areas in China, the Public Health Agency of Canada said. The statement said the "individual was on Air Canada flight 8", which flies between Hong Kong and Vancouver.

The patient is recovering from the illness in self-isolation.

"I want to emphasize that the risk to Canadians is very low because there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of H7N9," Gregory Taylor, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, said at a news conference in Ottawa.

Taylor said the woman returned to Canada on January 12 and began to feel ill two days later.

"All evidence is indicating that it is likely the individual was infected following exposure in China," he said.

The woman's male travel partner, also in his 50s, has symptoms and was likely infected at the same time, although the second case has not been confirmed, health officials said. --RTHK

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