First bird flu victim dies in North America

The victim died after his visit to China, says Canadian Health Minister.

First bird flu victim dies in North America

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Vancouver resident became the first bird flu victim to die in North America on January 3 after a trip to China, a Canadian official said on Wednesday.

Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the resident died because of the H5N1 virus after being hospitalized on January 1, upon returning from China.

The H5N1 virus, also known as the bird flu, is an influenza endemic to pigeons and some other birds. The virus caused many deaths in over 15 countries, primarily Indonesia, Egypt and Vietnam.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Ocak 2014, 11:39