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The first person to die of the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus in North America had just returned from China, Canadian authorities have confirmed.
Officials said the victim, whose gender and other details were withheld to protect the family's privacy, had recently returned from a trip to Beijing.
He or she died in Canada's western plains province of Alberta.
Canada's health minister Rona Ambrose said it was the first known instance of someone in North America contracting the virus and stressed it was an "isolated case".
"I want to reassure the public this is an isolated case and the risk of H5N1 to Canadians is very low," Ms Ambrose said.
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