--> I’d like to start by apologizing to the Canadians—it might make them feel better after the latest news.
For several months now, an outbreak of Avian influenza (strain H7N9) has
been circulating throughout Chain. The WHO reported that 453 people in china
were infected in 2014, with a 39% mortality rate in those cases. It has been reported in several provinces,
with two deaths already reported this month. This particular strain was seen
for the first time in March of 2013.
The reported case, a woman in her 50s, had recently traveled to China with a
partner and fell ill approximately 2 days after arriving back in Canada. The male partner currently has symptoms but
not a confirmed case of the virus. The woman represents the first case of avian
influenza in North America.
The majority of cases in this outbreak have been associated with direct
contact with birds, and as it is unclear how this Canadian woman came down with
the virus, the Canadian health agency has said that there is not enough
evidence to suspect human-to-human transmission yet.