Saturday, April 6, 2013

British Columbia Health Officials keeping an eye on Chinese Bird Flu outbreak

A disturbing outbreak of a virus known as H7N9 Avian Flu has British Columbia health officials on watchful alert, this after the latest bird flu related virus has claimed six lives in China.

The risk to Canadians is still considered low, however British Columbia's Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall says health authorities in British Columbia are working with federal and international health officials to keep track of any new developments in the spread of the virus.

The outbreak of the virus has grabbed the attention of health officials outside of China owing to the nature of air travel and protocols have been put in place to keep watch at Canadian ports of entry.

Recently the Public Health Agency issued an advisory on the virus outbreak for Canadians that may be travelling to China.

The World Health Organization also has been quick to offer up updates on the situation (see here)

Some background on the latest reports of the outbreak can be found below.

The Tyee-- H7N9: When a new Virus Goes Viral
CBC-- Chinese Bird Flu Outbreak monitored by B. C. Health Officials
Vancouver Sun-- B. C. Health Officials on alert after bird flu kills six people in China
NPR-- Human Cases of Bird Flu in China Draw Scrutiny
National Post-- In wake of sixth bird flu death, China closes Shanghai poultry market where virus detected
CTV News-- 6th person dies from bird flu in China; poultry cull ordered
Sydney Morning Herald-- Health Experts Monitor China Bird Flu
Forbes-- The New Bird Flu: How Dangerous is Avian Flu H7N9?

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