Russian Health officials have reported a new strain of Bird flu It had not previously been transmitted from birds to humans on Saturday, after the disease first broke out on a poultry farm last December.
Anna Popova, the country’s head of public health, announced that seven cases of the H5N8 strain had been detected among poultry farm workers in southern Russia – prompting health officials to alert the World Health Organization.
“Only time will tell when future booms will allow him to cross this barrier,” Popova said in televised comments on Saturday. Bloomberg.
The global community has seen different strains of swine flu such as H5N1, H7N9 and H9N2 – but Russia’s chief health official said all cases in which infected and mild people have recovered from the virus.
“The discovery of this strain now gives us, the whole world, time to prepare for potential mutations and the possibility of interacting in a timely manner and developing test systems and vaccines,” she added.
Fox News was not immediately able to reach the World Health Organization, but officials told Bloomberg that those infected had no symptoms and no human-to-human transmission occurred at this time.
Reports surfaced late last year showing that the H5N8 strain was circulating in birds in at least 15 regions in Russia, and cases have been identified in China, the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe.
Not all types of bird flu can infect humans, and health officials have previously stated that poultry workers are more likely to contract the disease when working with infectious or dead animals.
The most famous strain of bird flu, H5N1, has a 60% mortality rate, but the United States has yet to report any infections among people, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
althoug Who is the They said cases of bird flu in humans only happen “occasionally,” and they did not answer Fox News’ questions about the latest H5N8 strain.