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Human H5N8 case in Russia

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    Posted: April 14 2023 at 9:08am

[url]https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210220-russia-registers-world-s-first-case-of-human-infection-from-new-h5n8-bird-flu[/url] or https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210220-russia-registers-world-s-first-case-of-human-infection-from-new-h5n8-bird-flu ;

Russia has registered the first case of a strain of bird flu virus named A(H5N8) being passed to humans from birds and has reported the matter to the World Health Organization (WHO), Anna Popova, head of consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, said on Saturday.


Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain have been reported in Russia, Europe, China, the Middle East and North Africa in recent months but only in poultry. Other strains - H5N1, H7N9 and H9N2 - have been known to spread to humans.

Russia reported the case of human infection to the WHO "several days ago, just as we became absolutely certain of our results," Popova said on Rossiya 24 state TV. There was no sign of transmission between humans so far, she added.

The majority of human bird flu infections have been associated with direct contact with infected live or dead poultry, though properly cooked food is considered to be safe.


See also [url]https://tass.com/society/1265181[/url] or https://tass.com/society/1265181 ;

MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. The forecasts that the new type of bird flu A(H5N8) will soon mutate and acquire the ability to be transmitted between humans are likely to come true, Head of Russia’s consumer watchdog Anna Popova said in an interview with TASS.

"The forecast that it can happen has a rather high probability rate. It is likely to happen. Colleagues say that the zone where the mutation happen is very movable and the mutation there continues. However, we saw that before a disaster happened," she said.

Popova also lauded the detection of infection cases in people from birds as a "world-level discovery" made by Russian scientists from Novosibirsk’s Vektor Center.

DJ...another problem...

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[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influenza_A_virus_subtype_H5N8[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influenza_A_virus_subtype_H5N8 ;

H5N8 is a subtype of the influenza A virus (sometimes called bird flu) and is highly lethal to wild birds and poultry.[1] H5N8 is typically not associated with humans. However, seven people in Russia were found to be infected in 2021, becoming the first documented human cases.[2][3]

DJ link #2 [url]https://bnonews.com/index.php/2021/02/russia-first-human-cases-of-h5n8-bird-flu/[/url] or https://bnonews.com/index.php/2021/02/russia-first-human-cases-of-h5n8-bird-flu/ 

february 20-2021;

Seven people at a poultry farm in southern Russia have been infected with H5N8 bird flu, officials say, making it the first time that the highly pathogenic virus has been found in humans. There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

“Today, I want to inform you about an important scientific discovery made by scientists at the Vector scientific center,” Anna Popova, the head of Russia’s consumer health watchdog, said on Saturday. “The first cases of human infection with [avian influenza A(H5N8)] have been laboratory confirmed.”


The virus was found in seven employees at a poultry farm in southern Russia, where outbreaks of H5N8 were reported in the bird population in December 2020. Popova described the human cases as “mild,” according to the Interfax news agency.

“The virus can be transmitted from birds to humans, it has overcome the interspecies barrier,” Popova said. “As of today, this variant of the influenza virus is not being transmitted from person to person. Only time will tell how quickly future mutations will allow it to overcome this barrier.”

link #3 [url]https://web.archive.org/web/20210226125105/https://www.who.int/csr/don/26-feb-2021-influenza-a-russian-federation/en/[/url] or https://web.archive.org/web/20210226125105/https://www.who.int/csr/don/26-feb-2021-influenza-a-russian-federation/en/ 

Disease Outbreak News
26 February 2021

On 18 February 2021, the National IHR Focal Point for the Russian Federation notified WHO of detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in seven human clinical specimens. 

So how new is H5N8 in humans ?

Another question is how much risk it brings...In an interview published in The Moscow Times on 12 March 2021, Popova warned that there was a "high degree of probability" of human-to-human transmission of H5N8.[40]

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On 20 February 2021, Russia reported the first known cases of H5N8 in humans. Seven people were confirmed to have been infected at a farm in southern Russia where outbreaks had been reported. There was no indication of human-to-human transmission and the seven cases were described as "mild."[2] Anna Popova, head of Rospotrebnadzor, has said the seven poultry workers have since recovered, and that "the situation did not develop further."[38] WHO later confirmed that all cases remained asymptomatic for the whole follow-up. [39]

DJ...a problem may be in co-infections with other diseases ? Mutations in H5N8 ? 

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