The World Health of Organization has confirmed that the Russian authorities have detected what is believed to be “human infection with avian influenza H5N8.”
Russia notified WHO of the possible strain. “If confirmed, this would be the first time H5N8 has infected people,” a WHO Europe spokesperson said in a statement Saturday.
Officials said seven workers at a poultry plant in the south of the country had been infected following an outbreak there in December.
“All seven people… are now feeling well,” said the head of Russia’s consumer health watchdog, Anna Popova.
She said that adequate measures had been quickly taken to stop the spread of infection. There was no sign of transmission between humans, Ms. Popova said.
WHO stressed that the Russian workers were “asymptomatic” and no onward human-to-human transmission had been reported.