Via Metro, Helen Branswell of The Canadian Press writes: Canada finds first case of H7N9 bird flu. Excerpt and then a comment:
Canadian health authorities say they have diagnosed a case of H7N9 bird flu in a British Columbia woman who recently returned from China.
It’s the first time this particular type of bird flu has been found in North America.
A senior public health official in British Columbia says a man who travelled with the infected person was recently sick as well.
Dr. Bonnie Henry says additional testing is being done to determine if the second person was also infected.
Henry says the two people are from B.C.’s Lower Mainland.
Neither of the two people were sick enough to require hospitalization and both are recovering.
When you think about it, it's surprising that it took almost two years for H7N9 to show up here. China and Canada have a lot of traffic back and forth. SARS arrived from China via Hong Kong with blinding speed, and caused a major problem Toronto in general and its hospitals in particular. (Vancouver escaped only because a nurse at Vancouver General Hospital had followed Hong Kong media reports on the new disease; when a case arrived at VGH, she alerted the doctors and got the case put into isolation.)