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The world's first human infection with bird flu was found in the Russian Federation

The world's first human infection with bird flu was found in the Russian Federation
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The world's first infection with influenza A (H5N8) was recorded in Russia. The virus has crossed the interspecies barrier. Avian influenza of a new type was detected in seven employees of a poultry farm in southern Russia. Their clinical course was mild, everyone is doing well.

This was announced by the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova at a briefing on February 20 on the Russia-24 TV channel. According to her, an outbreak was registered among the poultry population at this poultry farm in December last year. Popova said that then all measures to protect people and animals were carried out in a short time and this situation did not receive further development.

Scientists at the Vector Center have discovered an immune response to this virus in sick people. No cases of human-to-human transmission of the new type of avian influenza virus have yet been recorded.

The chief sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation said that Russia had informed the WHO of the first case of human infection with a new type of bird flu.

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