In Russia, the H5N8 virus was transmitted to humans for the first time, according to its own statements, and those affected became infected in a poultry factory.
According to the authorities, the H5N8 bird flu virus was transmitted to humans for the first time in Russia. The World Health Organization (WHO) had already been informed about this “important discovery”, said the head of the Russian health authority, Anna Popova, on Saturday. Scientists from the Vektor laboratory had detected the virus in seven people in a poultry factory in southern Russia, where the bird flu had developed in animals in December.
The workers felt “good,” said Popova on Russian television. The y would not have suffered any serious health consequences. Popova praised “the important scientific discovery”. Time will tell whether the virus will continue to mutate. Since the virus does not appear to be transmitted from person to person at the moment, it gives “the whole world time to prepare for possible mutations and to react appropriately and in good time”.
The Vektor laboratory is ready to begin developing test kits to detect infections in humans, said laboratory boss Rinat Maxjutov in a televised speech. In addition, the laboratory will start work on a vaccine. During the Soviet era, biological weapons were developed in the Vector laboratory in the Novosibirsk region. Today the laboratory is behind one of the three corona vaccines approved in Russia.
Avian flu, also known as avian influenza, occurs both in wild birds and repeatedly in poultry farms. In Germany, too, it has been repeatedly detected in the past, for example in several wild birds in northern Germany at the end of last year. Also in Schaffhausen and on Bodensee the virus was detected. As a rule, the H5N8 virus is fatal for birds; a risk to humans has not yet been assumed.
The last major outbreak of avian influenza in Germany and other European countries occurred in the winter of 2016/17. In the Federal Republic of Germany, hundreds of thousands of animals were culled in poultry farms in order to curb the action.
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