Selin ATAY-TDO- Russia's consumer health watchdog Anna Popova said bird flu strain, H5N8, was detected in 7 workers working on a poultry farm in southern Russia. Ms Popova said that they confirmed in the laboratory that the avian flu virus was transmitted to humans. On the other hand, she added, there was no sign of transmission between humans.
Ms Popova praised "the important scientific discovery" by Russia's Vektor laboratory, which had isolated the strain's genetic material from the infected workers. "The discovery of these mutations when the virus has not still acquired an ability to transmit from human to human gives us all, the entire world, time to prepare for possible mutations and react in an adequate and timely fashion," she said. Anna Popova said Russian scientists could now start working on developing test systems.
Anna Popova said the case had been reported to the World Health Organization. “Data on the world's first case of influenza A (H5N8) seen in humans has been sent to the World Health Organization. These results were sent immediately with the test results being confirmed within a few days," Ms Popova said.
Anna Popova said that adequate measures had been quickly taken to stop the spread of infection.