PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza, human (02): Russia, H5N8, 1st case

Avian Influenza H5N8 — Russia
Russia has registered the 1st case of a strain of bird flu virus named A(H5N8) being passed to humans from birds and has reported the matter to the World Health Organization (WHO), Anna Popova, head of consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, said on Saturday [20 Feb 2021].
Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain have been reported in Russia, Europe, China, the Middle East, and North Africa in recent months but so far only in poultry. Other strains — H5N1, H7N9 and H9N2 — have been known here to