First case of severe respiratory avian flu H7N9 reported in Canada

A traveller has returned from China to British Columbia and has been diagnosed with the severe respiratory avian flu strain H7N9. Since this virus does not spread easily from person to person, no further cases are expected. The patient is said to be recovering.

This case further illustrates the possibility for travellers to spread potentially serious diseases if they do not follow simple precautionary practices while travelling. Live poultry markets and contact with live poultry should be avoided in China wherever possible since poultry may carry various strains of avian influenza.

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