Russia confirms 1st case of human infection with H5N8 strain of bird flu

Russia confirmed the first case of human infection with H5N8 strain of bird flu.  Russian have confirmed the first case of human infection with the H5N8 strain of the influenza A virus, which causes bird flu. 

Anna Popova said, "I want to make an announcement on an important scientific discovery by scientists off Rospotrebnadzor's Vector research center. The first case of human infection with the H5N8 strain of the Avian influenza A virus in the Russian Federation was confirmed in a laboratory." She further added,""All the seven people that I have mentioned feel fine, they had only mild clinical symptoms."

Scientists of the nation have isolated the genetic material of the new strain in seven poultry farm workers in Russia's south, where an outbreak was registered among the poultry in December.

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