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Chickens await vaccination against bird flu at the settlement Peredovoi 100 km from the Russia’s southern city of Stavropol, March 11, 2006.(file photo)

Russia confirms world’s 1st case of human infection with A(H5N8) bird flu virus

MOSCOW (China Daily/Xinhua) -- Russia has confirmed the first case of human infection with the avian influenza A(H5N8) virus in the world, a Russian sanitary official announced on Saturday.
Scientists have isolated the genetic material of this bird flu virus in seven workers of a poultry farm in south Russia, where an outbreak among fowls was reported in December, said Anna Popova, head of the country’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog Rospotrebnadzor.
All the necessary measures were taken immediately to protect humans and animals, and the infection did not spread further, she told a briefing.
All of the seven people who were infected are now feeling well, with only mild clinical symptoms, Popova said.


 

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