Russia has found its first human case of avian influenza A (H5N8)

Mar 3, 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) was informed on 18 February by Russia of the detection of avian influenza A (H5N8) virus in seven human clinical specimens, the WHO said. These are the first reported detection of the bird flu virus in humans.

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Positive clinical specimens were collected from poultry farm workers involved in the avian influenza response. The workers were working on a poultry farm in the Russian state of Astrakhan. The seven positive cases are between the ages of 29 and 60, and five of them are female.

During follow-up, which lasted several weeks, the cases were asymptomatic and tested negative for the virus. Subsequent serum results suggested that the seven cases were recently infected.

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