Russia Has Begun To Develop A Vaccine Against The H5N8 Avian Influenza Strain

Russia Has Begun To Develop A Vaccine Against The H5N8 Avian Influenza Strain
Russia Has Begun To Develop A Vaccine Against The H5N8 Avian Influenza Strain

Video: Russia Has Begun To Develop A Vaccine Against The H5N8 Avian Influenza Strain

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"Such a prompt decoding of the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza allows already today to start developing a test system that will allow to promptly detect human cases and make a decision to start treatment. As well as start work on creating a candidate vaccine strain," Maksyutov said on the air. Channel One "(quoted by RIA Novosti).

Recall that earlier on Saturday, February 20, the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said that the scientists of the "Vector" center isolated the genetic material of this type of bird flu from seven employees of the poultry farm. An outbreak of this infection occurred at an enterprise located in the south of Russia in December last year.

"So far, we see that the new avian influenza A (H5N8) pathogen is capable of spreading from birds to humans - it has overcome the interspecies barrier. But today this variant of the influenza virus is not transmitted from person to person," Popova said. She added that the Russian side has already sent information to WHO about the first case of human infection with a new type of bird flu. According to her, this happened a few days ago, as soon as Rospotrebnadzor scientists became absolutely confident in their conclusions.

Avian influenza is an acute viral disease that occurs in humans with infectious-toxic, gastrointestinal and respiratory syndromes. According to the Russian sanitary department, highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses of the A (H5) subtype first appeared in 1997. In some countries, they have begun to infect wild birds and continue to cause outbreaks in poultry.

According to the International Epizootic Bureau, in 2020, 1,500 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza were registered in the world in 41 countries. Most of the outbreaks of infection were in European countries.

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