I've just posted an item on The Hook, the blog of The Tyee: First North American H5N1 case passed through YVR: Dr. Perry Kendall. Excerpt:
The first human case of H5N1 in North America was announced this afternoon by Health Minister Rona Ambrose in Ottawa. An Alberta resident, returning to Canada from Beijing on December 27, fell ill en route and died in Edmonton on January 3. Here in Vancouver, B.C.'s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Perry Kendall, said B.C. faces "minimal risk" of the disease spreading.
Dr. Kendall was speaking at a telephone news conference. He said B.C. was informed of the fatal case last night.
After arriving from China on Air Canada Flight 030, the person waited for two and a half hours at Vancouver International Airport before boarding AC 244 to Edmonton.
"The average incubation time is three to four days," Dr. Kendall told the news conference. "It's been 12 days since the person's return, and no symptoms have been observed in passengers or contacts." He noted that the case's symptoms did not include coughing.
Since early last year, when H7N9 avian flu began to appear in China, he said, B.C. health authorities have been on alert for arrivals from China with respiratory problems. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control, he said, "has not been notified of any such cases." He added that BCCDC is equipped to detect novel flu strains.
"There have been absolutely no cases of H5N1 detected in B.C. to date," he said.