World Health Organisation issue update on H5N8 bird flu after human-to-human spread

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Stephanie Nebehay


Published:26/02/2021Updated:Saturday, 27 February 2021 8:33 am AEDT

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The risk of human-to-human spread of the H5N8 strain of bird flu appears low after it was identified for the first time worldwide in farm workers in Russia, the World Health Organisation says.

A separate bird flu strain, H1N1, that spread rapidly worldwide among humans led the WHO to declare an influenza pandemic in 2009-2010.

The outbreak turned out to be mild among humans although deadly among poultry.

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

Seven people in Russia were found to be infected with H5N8 but all were asymptomatic following an outbreak on a poultry farm…

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