A Canadian traveler returning from Beijing, China is reported to be dead after H5N1 Avian Flu was found in his bloodstream on January 8th 2014. This is the first imported case in Canadian history and also the first recorded case in the Americas.
Protecting yourself from the Avian flu is something you can do, especially if you're traveling to Beijing, China, where H5N1 is so prevalent in wild birds and poultry.
Proper hygiene and health precautions are necessary when traveling to a foreign country. The same water regulations we have in the United States don't apply to foreign countries like China, so extra precautionary measures are necessary.
The most usual infection with the H5N1 Avian Flu Virus is usually through contact with pigeon, geese, turkey, pheasant, and other wild birds/foul. Usually, the meat hasn't been washed properly or it's been undercooked.
Since 2003, there's been a total of 630 officially confirmed human cases that resulted in death. Researchers point out that a much more contagious form of h5N1 could be transmitted through the air (airborne) with just a few small mutations of the virus.
Bioterrorism and pandemics using the highly contagious form of H5N1 is a real danger. The current H5N1 bird flu virus has killed over half the humans it has infected.
The symptoms of h5N1 infection include fever, cough, respiratory distress, pneumonia, abdominal pain, shock, altered mental state, seizures, organ failure, and death.
The great majority of people that have gotten infected with H5N1 have done so through the handling of poultry and other aquatic birds in the area.
Jan 17, 2014 - H5N1 Avian Flu reaches Canada.