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No Evidence of Novel HIV Strain in Canadian National Database: Health Agency

February 24, 2005

A check of databases containing the genetic codes of HIV isolates from most Canadian provinces and territories found no matches to the recently reported New York City strain, said Jean-Mathieu Dion, a spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada. On Feb. 11, New York City health officials announced the case of a man infected with drug-resistant HIV and who had rapid AIDS onset. "We have not seen similar sequences in our national database," said Dion. "So far so good."

Quebec and British Columbia maintain their own genetic databases but have yet to run checks because PHAC must first secure permission from CDC before sharing the sequence with those provinces. CDC provided the sequence material to PHAC.

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