Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

Avian influenza in humans in Canada ?

Canada 21 February, 2004

Human Canadians ill after avian influenza alert.
Five people on a farm in British Columbia on Canada's west coast, where avian influenza was discovered this week, had fallen ill with flu-like symptoms, government officials said today.
"These are five individuals who had intensive exposure to sick chickens. This is not a virus with a propensity to spread from human to human," said David Patrick, of the British Columbia Center for Disease Control.
He said two of the five people reported mild flu symptoms, one had conjunctivitis, and two had cold symptoms, and that all five people received antiviral therapy.
"So far we do not have confirmation that any of these symptoms of any of these individuals are linked to the infected chicken," said Dr Andrew Larder, a medical health officer.
"However, part of the symptoms we have seen is consistent with those described in human infection of at least of one type H7 avian influenza in other parts of the world."
Doctors expect to know for sure by Sunday the cause of their illness (The Australian).
Remainder: Avian influenza in the Netherlands (2003): A 57-year-old veterinarian died on 17 April of acute respiratory distress syndrome in the Netherlands. H7N7 influenza virus was isolated from the patient. There have been 83 confirmed cases of human H7N7.