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Health officials say they have confirmed the first North American case of H5N1 bird flu after a man died in Alberta. Officials say the man contracted the illness in China, and it is thought to be an isolated case. (CP Video)

Health officials say they have confirmed the first North American case of H5N1 bird flu after a man died in Alberta. Officials say the man contracted the illness in China, and it is thought to be an isolated case.

(CP Video)

Albertan, first person in North America to die of H5N1 flu, was registered nurse Add to ...

The first person to die of avian flu in North America was a registered nurse in a central Alberta hospital.

The woman’s family says she grew up in China and moved to Alberta on her own to studying nursing.

The family has released a statement that says the woman, whose name is not being released, worked at the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

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The World Health Organization has said she was in her late 20s.

The family says she had been married for 1 1/2 years, had saved for a vacation to her homeland, and made the trip with her mother in December.

Relatives say they are devastated by her death, but are co-operating with health authorities while requesting media respect their privacy.

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