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Canada reports the Americas’ first case of avian influenza A (H7N9) in humans

Virus H7N9

The Government of Canada has confirmed the first human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in the Americas, a resident of British Columbia who had recently traveled to China and fell ill after returning. The patient is currently recovering and did not require hospitalization.

Countries of the Americas say Ebola is an opportunity to improve coordination and preparedness for all disease outbreaks

WHO Executive Board Meeting

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is an opportunity to strengthen outbreak alert and response within countries and to improve international coordination and preparedness for future outbreaks, said a group of countries from the Americas yesterday at a special briefing on Ebola during the 136th Session of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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