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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:01 am 
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Media reports cite confirmation of H7N9 in husband of index case in British Columbia.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:03 am 
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A British Columbia man has been confirmed as Canada's second case of H7N9 bird flu.

The unidentified man and his wife are believed to have contracted the virus during a recent trip to China.

They are the first North Americans known to have been infected with this virus.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:08 am 
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TORONTO – A British Columbia man has been confirmed as Canada’s second case of H7N9 bird flu.

The unidentified man and his wife are believed to have contracted the virus during a recent trip to China.

READ MORE: The wife was confirmed to have H7N9 on Monday

They are the first North Americans known to have been infected with this virus.

B.C.’s deputy provincial health officer says the positive test result was confirmed late Thursday by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

But Dr. Bonnie Henry says the province does not expect to see more cases associated with this event.

She says none of the couple’s contacts have become ill, and if they were going to, they would have by now.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:15 am 
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Second H7N9 bird flu case confirmed in B.C.; husband of first patient


BY HELEN BRANSWELL, THE CANADIAN PRESS JANUARY 29, 2015 8:57 PM


Second H7N9 bird flu case confirmed in B.C.; husband of first patient

Canadian health officials announced Monday a woman in her 50s from B.C.'s Lower Mainland has tested positive for avian influenza A (H7N9), the potentially deadly virus that has infected hundreds of people in China since first emerging in humans in March 2013. Now, her husband has been confirmed as Canada's second case of H7N9 bird flu.
Photograph by: Gillian Wong, The Associated Press Files , Postmedia News
TORONTO - A British Columbia man has been confirmed as Canada's second case of H7N9 bird flu.

The unidentified man and his wife are believed to have contracted the virus during a recent trip to China.

They are the first North Americans known to have been infected with this virus.

B.C.'s deputy provincial health officer says the positive test result was confirmed late Thursday by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

But Dr. Bonnie Henry says the province does not expect to see more cases associated with this event.

She says none of the couple's contacts have become ill, and if they were going to, they would have by now.

The couple returned to Canada on Jan. 12 and became ill a couple of days later. Both have since recovered.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:16 am 
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Second H7N9 bird flu case confirmed in B.C.; husband of first patient

Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, January 30, 2015 12:33AM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 30, 2015 1:21AM EST

TORONTO -- A British Columbia man suspected of having been infected with H7N9 bird flu has tested positive for the virus, the deputy provincial health officer said Thursday.
The unidentified man is the second Canadian known to have been infected with the virus.
On Monday, provincial and federal health authorities announced that a woman -- the man's wife -- was diagnosed with North America's first case of H7N9 flu.

Additional cases are not expected to arise from this event, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s deputy provincial health officer said via email.
"No other contacts are ill and are now past the incubation period so we do not foresee any further cases," she said.
The couple are believed to have contracted the virus during a recent trip to China. They returned on Jan. 12.
The man became ill about a day before his wife but did not seek medical care. When the woman developed the same flu-like symptoms, she went to her family doctor who tested her for influenza.
Testing at the provincial laboratory at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control revealed the woman was infected with an H7 virus, which is not one of the flu subtypes that normally infect people.
A sample was sent to the Winnipeg lab, which confirmed the virus as a H7N9 flu.
H7N9 is a subtype of flu that infects poultry. But in March 2013, authorities in China reported several cases of human infections.
Since then, roughly 500 human infections have been diagnosed, all either in China or in people who had travelled to mainland China. Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia have all diagnosed infections in returning travellers.
Roughly a third of the people who have been diagnosed with this infection have died from it.
When it became apparent what the woman was infected with, public health officials tested the husband.
The couple, who are in their 50s, were not sick enough to need to be hospitalization. But their symptoms were such that they did stayed home and had little outside contact at the height of their illness.
They have both since recovered.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:24 pm 
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Government of Canada and British Columbia confirm additional case of H7N9 avian influenza in Canada
January 30, 2015 - Ottawa, ON - Public Health Agency of Canada

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Gregory Taylor and Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s Deputy Provincial Health Officer today confirmed that the second individual in B.C. has now tested positive for the H7N9 avian influenza strain. As noted by health officials on January 26th, the husband and wife recently returned to Canada from China.

The risk to Canadians of getting sick with H7N9 is very low as evidence suggests that it does not transmit easily from person-to-person. 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.

These individuals are residents of British Columbia and were not symptomatic during travel and began showing symptoms after arrival in Canada. The individuals did not require hospitalization and are currently recovering from their illness.

All close contacts of the individuals have been identified and their health is being monitored by provincial public health authorities. The Canadian healthcare system has strong procedures and controls in place to respond to and control the spread of infectious diseases and protect healthcare workers.

The first individual's diagnosis of H7N9 was confirmed by both the B.C. provincial laboratory and the Agency’s National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg on Monday, January 26th. The second individual diagnosis of H7N9 was confirmed by both the B.C. provincial laboratory and the NML late on January 29th.

The Agency works closely with its national and international partners, including the WHO, to track all types of flu activity in Canada and around the world.

Quick Facts
H7N9 is a type of avian influenza virus that has been seen in people in China since 2013. Almost all of the cases reported contact with poultry, usually in live poultry markets.
To date, the H7N9 strain has not been detected in birds in Canada.
The Agency’s Travel Health Notices on www.travel.gc.ca provide information on how to protect yourself from avian influenza while abroad.
There is no risk of catching the virus by eating well-cooked poultry. Canada does not import raw poultry or raw poultry products from China.
Canadians can help protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu in general by:
Getting an annual influenza shot
Washing hands frequently;
Covering coughs and sneezes;
Keeping common surfaces clean; and
Staying home when sick.
The Agency has notified China, the World Health Organization and other international partners about the case, in keeping with our commitment under the International Health Regulations.
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“I want to reassure Canadians that the risk of H7N9 is very low as there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission. The Agency remains in close contact with the provincial public health authority and is committed to providing Canadians with accurate and up-to-date information about H7N9. Importantly, this is not part of the seasonal flu, which circulates in Canada every year. These are isolated cases”.

Dr. Gregory Taylor
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

“H7N9 is a strain that we in the public health community have been watching closely since 2013. After the first case came back positive for H7N9 we fully expected that her travel companion was infected with the same strain and this was confirmed Thursday. Public health officials have completed their follow up of contacts, and there has been no further spread. Given the time frame of illness, we are confident that we will not see any additional related cases here in BC.”

Dr. Bonnie Henry
Deputy Provincial Health Officer

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:28 pm 
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Second Canadian Resident Tests Positive for H7N9 Avian Flu

British Columbia Man is Spouse of Woman Who Was Infected by the Virus

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Nirmala Menon

Jan. 30, 2015 2:51 p.m. ET

OTTAWA—Canadian officials said Friday a second British Columbia resident previously suspected to have contracted the H7N9 strain of avian flu did test positive for the virus, but reiterated the risk to the wider public is low.

Earlier this week, officials confirmed the first H7N9 case in North America in a British Columbia woman who had recently traveled to China with her husband. They said at the time that her spouse was likely also infected.

The man’s diagnosis was confirmed by laboratory tests late Thursday, according to a joint statement from federal and British Columbia health officials. The two weren’t sick enough to require hospitalization and are now recovering, officials said.

“The risk to Canadians of getting sick with H7N9 is very low as evidence suggests that it does not transmit easily from person-to-person,” the statement 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.”

The couple didn’t show symptoms during their travel, officials reiterated.

Canada has notified China, the World Health Organization and other international partners about the two cases.

Although most viruses that affect birds don’t cause disease in humans, there are some, including H7N9, that can make individuals sick. The strain is of particular concern because the infection doesn’t sicken birds, only humans, which makes it more difficult to detect. H7N9 was first found in humans in March 2013 in China, according to the WHO.

The Canadian statement said this strain of virus hasn’t been detected to date in birds in Canada.

Write to Nirmala Menon at nirmala.menon@wsj.com

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he Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (February 1) closely monitoring the second human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) reported by Canada, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

"This is the second case reported in North America to date. We will remain vigilant and work closely with neighbouring and overseas health authorities to monitor the latest developments," a spokesman for the CHP said.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, this case and the previous case (reported on January 26) are a couple who are residents of British Columbia. They recently travelled to China together and were not symptomatic during travel. They returned to Canada on January 12 by Air Canada flight AC 008. They only began showing symptoms after arrival in Canada. They did not require hospitalisation and are currently recovering from their illness. All evidence indicates they were infected following exposure in Mainland China. Since the two 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. All close contacts of them have been identified and their health conditions were being monitored by provincial public health authorities. Public health officials have completed their follow-up of contacts and there has been no further spread.

To date, 523 cases have been reported globally since March 2013, including 504 cases in the Mainland and 19 cases exported to Hong Kong (12 cases), Taiwan (four cases), Malaysia (one case) and Canada (two cases).

Locally, all boundary control points have implemented health surveillance measures. Thermal imaging systems are in place for body temperature checks on inbound travellers. Suspected cases will be immediately referred to public hospitals for follow-up. The DH's Port Health Office has enhanced body temperature checks by handheld devices.

Regarding health education for travellers, the display of posters and broadcasting of health messages in departure and arrival halls, environmental health inspection and provision of regular updates to the travel industry and other stakeholders will be enhanced.

Travellers, especially those returning from avian influenza-affected areas with fever or respiratory symptoms, should immediately wear masks, seek medical attention and reveal their travel history to doctors.

Health-care professionals should pay special attention to patients who might have had contact with poultry, birds or their droppings in affected areas.

The public should remain vigilant and take heed of the advice against avian influenza below:

* Do not visit live poultry markets and farms. Avoid contact with poultry, birds and their droppings;
* If contact has been made, thoroughly wash hands with soap;
* Avoid entering areas where poultry may be slaughtered and contact with surfaces which might be contaminated by droppings of poultry or other animals;
* Poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating;
* Wash hands frequently with soap, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes, handling food or eating; after going to the toilet or touching public installations or equipment (including escalator handrails, elevator control panels and door knobs); and when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing;
* Cover the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, hold the spit with a tissue and put it into a covered dustbin;
* Avoid crowded places and contact with fever patients; and
* Wear masks when respiratory symptoms develop or when taking care of fever patients.

The public may visit the pages below for more information:
* The CHP's avian influenza page
(www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/24244.html); and
* Global statistics and affected areas of avian influenza in the CHP's website (www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/global_statist ... enza_e.pdf).
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On 27 January 2015, the IHR National Focal Point of Canada notified WHO of 1 laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. On January 30, 2015 a second individual, travelling to China with the index case, was laboratory confirmed to also have influenza A(H7N9) infection. The two individuals flew from Hong Kong, SAR China to British Columbia, Canada after travelling together through China. During their travels, they were exposed to live poultry, although they had no direct contact with poultry. The index case developed symptoms on 14 January and was seen by a physician on 15 January. Following laboratory-confirmation of influenza A, the case received antiviral therapy for five days. On 26 January, the case tested positive for influenza A(H7N9). The second case, who has underlying comorbidities, developed symptoms on 13 January and was seen on the same day by a physician. On 19 January, the second case received antiviral therapy for five days. On January 29, 2015 the second case was confirmed positive for influenza A(H7N9) virus. Neither individual was hospitalized; both have recovered from their acute respiratory symptoms. They have agreed to self-isolation at home.

Public Health Measures

Tracing and monitoring of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for the two individuals. Follow-up of air flight passengers was not undertaken as the individuals were not symptomatic during the flight and the incubation period had elapsed since the date of the flight. WHO continues to closely monitor the H7N9 situation and conduct risk assessment. So far, the overall risk associated with the H7N9 virus has not changed.

WHO advice

WHO advises that travellers to countries with known outbreaks of avian influenza should avoid poultry farms, or contact with animals in live bird markets, or entering areas where poultry may be slaughtered, or contact with any surfaces that appear to be contaminated with faeces from poultry or other animals. Travellers should also wash their hands often with soap and water. Travellers should follow good food safety and good food hygiene practices. WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event, nor does it currently recommend any travel or trade restrictions. As always, a diagnosis of infection with an avian influenza virus should be considered in individuals who develop severe acute respiratory symptoms while travelling or soon after returning from an area where avian influenza is a concern. WHO encourages countries to continue strengthening influenza surveillance, including surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns, in order to ensure reporting of human infections under the IHR (2005), and continue national health preparedness actions.

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