Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

H5N1: First North American death due to avian flu recorded

See also

The first death in North America due to the H5N1 avian flu has now been recorded according to Canadian health officials. ABC News reported on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, that the death was in Canada and that of a victim traveling from China when the symptoms first developed.

The H5N1 case has said to be one that is isolated and the risk to the general public is very low. The case was discovered in Alberta.

"This is the first evidence of this particular virus circulating in Beijing. Chinese authorities are going to be very interested. We've contacted them already," Dr. Gregory Taylor said.

It was back on Dec. 27, 2013, when the victim began feeling sick on a flight from Beijing to Canada. China is looking into the matter as it is said to be the first case of H5N1 that circulated in Beijing. The victim was said to not have traveled to a farm or visited markets and they only visited Beijing while in China.

The victim died on Jan. 3, 2014, but the sex of that person was not released by health officials. It is not known at this time as to how the person contracted the virus.

As of mid-Dec. 2013, there were 648 laboratory-confirmed human cases of the H5N1 flu. Most of those cases had been reported in Asia. Of the 648 cases, 384 of them were fatal.

Studies have shown that the H5N1 bird flu infected a human directly from a bird and not another human.

"This is not a disease that's transmitted between humans so unless you were in the infected in the area and were in contact with an infected bird you are not going to get this illness," Dr. Theresa Tam of Health Canada said.

For e-mail updates whenever a new article is posted, please subscribe at the bottom of the page and follow me on Twitter, GoogleBuzz, or join my group on Facebook and Celebrity Buzz.



  • Ferry disaster claims 156 lives
    156 bodies has been recovered from the capsized Korean ferry, but more are still missing
    Watch Video
  • Afghan guard kills 3 American doctors
    An Afghan guard kills 3 American doctors in a hospital in Kabul
    Top News
  • FDA to restrict e-cigarettes
    The FDA announces they will soon place restrictions on electronic cigarettes
    Health News
  • Christie hates on Colorado
    Chris Christie desperately slams marijuana and Colorado's 'illicit' quality of life
  • Georgia's new gun law
    Georgia's governor signs a bill that allows you to carry a gun pretty much anywhere
  • Gospel song saves kidnapping victim
    A kidnapped 10-year-old annoys his abductor with gospel music enough to be set free
    Strange News

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!