Russia announced on Saturday that it had detected the first case of transmission to humans of the H5N8 strain of avian influenza, adding that it had informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of this “important discovery”, told the Commission. television Anna Popova, head of the Russian health agency Rospotrebnadzor.
This virus was detected in seven people infected in a poultry factory in southern Russia, where an epidemic of bird flu affected the animals in December 2020, said Anna Popova, adding that the sick “feel good” and no ‘have no complications. “Measures were quickly taken to control the situation” in this focus of infection, she said.
This detection “gives the whole world time to prepare”
While the H5N8 strain has “crossed the interspecies barrier” by being transmitted from birds to humans, “this variant of the virus is not transmitted from person to person at the present time”, she again declared.
She said the detection “gives the whole world time to prepare” by creating tests and a vaccine, “in the event that this virus becomes more pathogenic and more dangerous for humans and acquires the capacity to be transmitted. from person to person ”.
“We would then be fully armed and fully prepared,” she continued.
The avian flu virus is currently raging in several European countries, including France, where millions of animals have been slaughtered to stop its progression.