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Second H7N9 bird flu case confirmed in B.C.; husband of first patient

Health workers in full protective gear pick up a killed chicken after suffocated them by using carbon dioxide at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Canadian health authorities say they have have diagnosed a second case of H7N9 bird flu in a British Columbia resident who recently returned from China. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Vincent Yu.
Health workers in full protective gear pick up a killed chicken after suffocated them by using carbon dioxide at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Canadian health authorities say they have have diagnosed a second case of H7N9 bird flu in a British Columbia resident who recently returned from China. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Vincent Yu.

TORONTO – A British Columbia man has been confirmed as Canada’s second case of H7N9 bird flu.

The unidentified man and his wife are believed to have contracted the virus during a recent trip to China.

READ MORE: The wife was confirmed to have H7N9 on Monday

They are the first North Americans known to have been infected with this virus.

B.C.’s deputy provincial health officer says the positive test result was confirmed late Thursday by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

But Dr. Bonnie Henry says the province does not expect to see more cases associated with this event.

She says none of the couple’s contacts have become ill, and if they were going to, they would have by now.

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