• Jonathan Shiek

Russia Reports First Case Of Human Infected With H5N8 Bird Flu

Just when we finally managed to develop a vaccine to curb the Covid-19 virus, another tragedy strikes as Russia claimed to have found the world’s first case of the H5N8 strain of avian influenza in humans.

Until now, there have been seven cases of workers in a poultry farm in Southern Russia getting infected with the virus. The workers were asymptomatic with mild cases but have since recovered from the flu. This is the first time the new H5N8 strain of virus has infected humans since it was first reported to be circulating in 15 Russia regions among poultry and wild birds in November last year.

The poultry farm where the workers worked at are among those that had reported a virus outbreak among its birds in December. However, back then, it was reported that this virus was not considered dangerous to human beings.

Although the country’s public-health chief, Anna Popova said the virus is not transmitted from person to person, only time will tell how soon future mutations will allow it to overcome this barrier.

She added that the discovery of this strain now “gives us all, the whole world, time to prepare for possible mutations and the possibility to react in a timely way and develop test systems and vaccines.” And we can only hope that she is right.


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