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WHO confirms avian flu infections in Canada

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7445.913-a (Published 15 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:913
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. Calgary

    Canada has ordered the slaughter of about 19 million birds, including chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and pigeons, at 20 poultry farms in an effort to eradicate an outbreak of bird influenza. The World Health Organization has confirmed that there have been two human cases of avian influenza A (H7) in British Columbia, Canada. Both cases were mild.

    On the basis of epidemiological information provided by Health Canada, WHO has raised the global pandemic preparedness level for the Canadian outbreak from 0.1 to 0.2—the same level as the global preparedness level for the avian flu outbreak …

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