Russia says it has detected human strain of the H5N8 Avian Flu

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Russian authorities say that the first case of Avian Influenza has been detected on Humans.

A WHO spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday that Russia has notified WHO of a possible case which is believed to be human infection with H5N8 avian influenza.

If confirmed this would be the first time that H5N8 has infected the people.

The spokesperson said that the workers exposed to bird flocks were infected by the virus.

The statement added that the infected workers were symptomatic and no further human to human transmission has been reported.

The Head of Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, Anna Popova spoke during a television briefing. She said that the strain had been detected in seven poultry farm workers in the south of the country.

The World Health Organization has not yet confirmed the news. Russian Health Authority says that there have been discussions to gather more information.

Avian Flu is a disease that primarily affects birds.

Publish : 2021-02-21 23:45:00

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