The Alberta resident who died of H5N1 had recently traveled to Beijing, health minister says The death was "an isolated case;" Canadians at little risk, Rona Ambrose says H5N1 is found mostly in parts of Asia and northeastern Africa Most people who have died of the virus had close contact with poultry (CNN) -- Canadian health officials confirmed Wednesday that a resident from Alberta has died from H5N1 avian flu, the first case of the virus in North America.
Canada's Health Minister, Rona Ambrose, said the infected individual had recently traveled to Beijing.
The Canadian case also is the first case of H5N1 infection ever imported by a traveler into a country where the virus is not present in poultry. No such H5N1 viruses have been detected in people or in animals in the United States.
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I hope we don't inport avian flu (along with all the other imports from China) - current fatality rate in Shanghai is 23%.
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Influenza is a respiratory infection, almost certainly accompanied by fever and usually with head & body ache. There can also be intestinal issues, but that's fairly rare and NOT a primary indicator of influenza. Intestinal issues (ie. cramps & the "Hersey Squirts"), without an accompanying respiratory issue, is not influenza. My wife's grandmother served as a young Red Cross volunteer in Buffalo during the WWI flu outbreak. She had absolutely no training for such work when she answered the call for volunteers. She kept a daily diary of her experiences, a disturbing/heart breaking read. Several entries tell of families which had been seen hardy & well on one day, only to found, all dead, in their homes just a day or two later . Although she was directly in the middle of things, she never contracted the disease herself; although most of her fellow workers did so, and several died from it.
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Come on people, "The flu bug" and the real flu (influenza) are not the same thing. The flu bug is actually a stomach virus. What you get the flu shot for is to avoid influenza, which is a respiratory ailment. Shocking that people still do not understand the difference.
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FLU SHOT ___ this year's flu vaccine doesn't match two of the three main types of flu strains now in circulation, people who did get a flu shot and catch the flu get a much milder disease. This can make a life-or-death difference to people who are at high risk of flu complications, such as pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
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No flu shot = no flu. Had one in 1993, sickest I'll ever be in my life. Rather just die of a flu virus, lol.
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I keep the house at 58 degrees. Much too cold for any virus to survive.
No we all took the precaution of getting our flu shots early on.
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No..not yet...knock on wood.
we smoke weed, so we are immune.
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no it hasn't.
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