THE OUTBREAK

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The recall of raw pork products due to possible E. coli contamination has been expanded to more stores in Calgary and Edmonton. Raw pork products bought at Trimming Fresh Meat (6219 Centre St. N.W.) between July 15 and July 22 and products from Hiep Hoa Asian Food (4710 17 Ave S.E.) between July 15 and July 29 should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased. According to… Read More

EDMONTON — Alberta health officials have declared a measles outbreak in three regions of the province after several straight weeks of new cases. The zones affected by the designation are Edmonton, Calgary and central Alberta. Shannon Evans, a spokeswoman for Alberta Health Services, says the declaration doesn’t change how measles cases are managed. But it does allow immunization of babies from six months to one year of age who normally would not… Read More

  With more new cases of measles being confirmed, Alberta health officials have declared an outbreak in Calgary, Edmonton and in central areas between the province’s two major cities. Alberta Health Services issued a warning Tuesday that the highly contagious disease had taken a foothold and that people showing signs of measles – runny nose, fever, cough, a red rash – should stay indoors. On Monday, the AHS announced another case of… Read More

TORONTO — Canada’s first H5N1 flu patient may have contracted the bird flu virus passing through or near an illegal live bird market in Beijing, Chinese scientists have suggested. And Canadian researchers have published a report on the full genetic sequence of virus taken from the Alberta woman, who died in early January after returning from a three-week trip to her native China. The woman was in China from Dec. 6 to… Read More

Early findings from sequencing of the H5N1 virus that recently caused the death of a Canadian woman suggest that it is similar to strains previously seen in China, according to a CBC News story yesterday. A spokesman for Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg told CBC that the sequence data collected so far suggest that the virus is “consistent with a previously circulating H5N1 strain from China.” The lab plans to sequence… Read More

North America’s first human case of H5N1, or avian flu, was confirmed after an Alberta patient died from the virus, Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced Wednesday. The person died Jan. 3 after falling ill on the way back home from a trip to China in late December. Officials say person-to-person transmission of avian flu is “extremely rare” and the individual’s family members are not showing any signs of illness. However, they are… Read More