Russia reported the world’s first case of H5N8 avian influenza in humans. The authorities said that though the case has been reported, the virus isn’t yet spreading between people. On Saturday, the country’s public-health chief, Anna Popova, said in televised comments that the official has sent detailed information to the World Health Organization on the seven reported cases detected in workers at a poultry farm in southern Russia.

Popova noted that all the affected workers in the poultry farm were from the same where an outbreak was earlier reported among birds in December. She added that the workers had mild cases and had recovered.

She said that the virus is not transmitted from person to person, but further added that only time will tell how soon the new mutations will allow it to overcome this barrier. She further warns the whole world saying that the discovery of this new strain of mutations now “gives us all, the whole world, time to prepare for possible mutations and the time to react in a possible way and develop test systems and vaccines.”


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