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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Canada : H5N1 death of Alberta nurse may have been from illegal Chinese poultry market

Via Edmonton Sun, excerpt :

An illegal poultry market may be to blame for the H5N1 death of an Alberta woman.
That's according to a letter to the editor to the Journal of Infection by Chinese researchers in Beijing.
The researchers drew parallels between the Jan. 8, 2014, case and a Jan. 6, 2009, case where a 19-year-old woman died after buying a duck from a wet market in Hebei Province.
No one has reported whether the woman who died in 2014 in fact came in contact with live poultry, wet markets or fresh poultry during her stay in Beijing.
While it is illegal in Beijing to sell and slaughter live poultry in the markets, illegal dealings persist."

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