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H5N1 claims life in Canada

9th January 2014

Health officials have confirmed the death of an Alberta resident who had recently travelled to Beijing.

Canadian health minister, Rona Ambrose, said the death was an "isolated case" and risk to general population was low.

The World Health Organisation said it is difficult to transmit the virus from person to person but when people do become infected, the mortality rate is about 60%.

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