Ottawa, BC, Canada (4E) – A person in Alberta, Canada reportedly died this week from the bird flu virus, the first known fatality from the illness in North America.
According to news report the health minister, Rona Ambrose, and several public health officials, insisted that the death was an isolated case and posed little or no risk to the general public.
The person died in a hospital on Jan. 3, two days after returning from China. Laboratory tests confirmed H5N1 as the cause of death on Tuesday evening.
As a precaution, Health Canada, the federal health department, was contacting other passengers who traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, from Beijing on an Air Canada flight as well as travelers who were on a connecting flight to Edmonton, Alberta.