Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

Canada: First Human Case of Avian Influenza A (H7N3) Infection confirmed

27 March, 2004

A person who handled dead chickens on a Fraser Valley farm contracted the avian influenza virus. It may be the first time the virus has been detected in humans in Canada.
The man in question was working for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. He developed conjunctivitis, or pink eye, as a result of the virus, but quickly recovered.
Several others who had contact with dead chickens after visiting quarantined Matsqui-area poultry barns are being checked for avian influenza. On Thursday, provincial medical health officer Dr. Perry Kendall issued a recommendation that workers in the Fraser Valley "hot zone" take Tamiflu [a neuraminidase inhibitor known to diminish severity of symptoms] and get flu shots.