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Russia records first case of H5N8 avian flu in humans, alerts WHO – The Times of Israel

Scientists isolate strain’s genetic material from seven workers at a poultry farm; none suffered serious health consequences

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MOSCOW — Russia said its scientists have detected the first case of transmission of the H5N8 strain of avian flu to humans and has alerted the World Health Organization.
In televised remarks, the head of Russia’s health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said scientists at the Vektor laboratory had isolated the strain’s genetic material from seven workers at a poultry farm in southern Russia, where an outbreak was recorded among the birds in December.
The workers did not suffer any serious health…

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