Possible first case of humans with avian flu strain
Multiple poultry farmers are suspected of catching an avian flu strain in what could be the first instances
of the illness being transmitted to people, according to a new report.
The World Health Organization was recently alerted to the situation by Russian authorities, who believe the H5N8 virus was passed on to the people, CNN reported.
The people potentially infected by the virus had been around flocks of birds, and are “asymptomatic and no onward human to human transmission was reported,” the health organization’s statement continued.
WHO did not specify what steps it will take to confirm whether the people were indeed infected by the strain of avian flu.
H5N8 is one strain of the flu that has been known to be dangerous to multiple species of birds.