Russia has confirmed the first case of H5N8 strain of the influenza A virus infecting its citizen. Scientists have reserved the necessary genetic material of the detected strain from the seven members of the poultry farm where the outbreak was registered in the country’s south. The scientists at the Rospotrebnadzor’s Vector research center confirmed the presence of the bird flu-causing virus.
As aired on Russia-24 broadcaster, Anna Popova stated, “I want to make an announcement on an important scientific discovery by scientists off Rospotrebnadzor’s Vector research centre. The first case of human infection with the H5N8 strain of the Avian influenza A virus in the Russian Federation was confirmed in a laboratory”.