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Canada announced Wednesday the first H5N1 avian flu death in North America, in the western plains province of Alberta, of a patient who had just returned from China.It was also the first known instance of someone in North America contracting the illness, Canada Health Minister Rona Ambrose told a press conference, stressing it was an "isolated case". The illness it causes in humans is severe and 60 percent of human cases are fatal.Canadian officials have notified China and the World Health Organization, but said they are at a loss to explain where or how the person contracted the virus.The victim flew from Beijing to Vancouver on Air Canada flight 030 on December 27, then went on to Edmonton, Alberta aboard Air Canada flight 244 .
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