Russia reports WHO first case of human infection with H5N8


To date, there is no sign of human-to-human transmission of this bird flu virus, says the country.

Russia registered the first case of a strain of the H5N8 virus that passed from birds to humans and reported the case to the World Health Organization (WHO), said Anna Popova, responsible for the federal consumer protection surveillance service and of human well-being, Rospotrebnadzor.

It is not the first time that an outbreak of the H5N8 strain has been reported in poultry - in recent months there have been outbreaks in Russia, Europe, China, the Middle East and North Africa. It is already known that other strains, such as H5N1, H7N9 and H9N2, can spread among humans.

Russia reported the case to WHO "several days ago, so we were absolutely sure of our results," Popova told Rossiya 24.

To date, there is no sign of human-to-human transmission, he added.

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