MOSCOW — Russia mentioned its scientists have detected the primary case of transmission of the H5N8 pressure of avian flu to people and has alerted the World Health Organization.
In televised remarks, the top of Russia’s well being watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, mentioned scientists on the Vektor laboratory had remoted the pressure’s genetic materials from seven staff at a poultry farm in southern Russia, the place an outbreak was recorded among the many birds in December.

The staff didn’t endure any critical well being penalties, she added.

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“Information in regards to the world’s first case of transmission of the avian flu (H5N8) to people has already been despatched to the World Health Organization,” Popova mentioned.
There are totally different subtypes of avian influenza viruses.
While the extremely contagious pressure H5N8 is deadly for birds it has by no means earlier than been reported to have unfold to people.
Popova praised “the essential scientific discovery,” saying “time will inform” if the virus can additional mutate.
“The discovery of those mutations when the virus has not nonetheless acquired a capability to transmit from human to human offers us all, your complete world, time to organize for potential mutations and react in an satisfactory and well timed vogue,” Popova mentioned.
People can get contaminated with avian and swine influenza viruses, akin to chicken flu subtypes A(H5N1) and A(H7N9) and swine flu subtypes akin to A(H1N1).
According to the WHO, individuals often get contaminated by direct contact with animals or contaminated environments, and there’s no sustained transmission amongst people.
H5N1 in individuals could cause extreme illness and has a 60 p.c mortality charge.
Located in Koltsovo exterior the Siberian metropolis of Novosibirsk, the Vektor State Virology and Biotechnology Center has developed certainly one of Russia’s a number of coronavirus vaccines.
In the Soviet period, the top-secret lab carried out secret organic weapons analysis and nonetheless stockpiles viruses starting from Ebola to smallpox.
Speaking in televised remarks, Vektor head Rinat Maksyutov mentioned the lab was prepared to start creating take a look at kits that will assist detect potential circumstances of H5N8 in people and to start work on a vaccine.
The Soviet Union was a scientific powerhouse and Russia has sought to reclaim a management function in vaccine analysis beneath President Vladimir Putin.
Russia registered coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V in August, months earlier than Western rivals and even earlier than large-scale medical trials.
After preliminary skepticism within the West, the Lancet journal this month revealed outcomes exhibiting the Russian vaccine — named after the Soviet-era satellite tv for pc — to be secure and efficient.
Avian flu has raged in a number of European international locations together with France, the place a whole lot of 1000’s of birds have been culled to cease the an infection.

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