Russia detects first case of bird flu in humans

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.

She praised “the important scientific discovery” by Russia’s Vektor laboratory, which had isolated the bird flu strain’s genetic material from the infected workers. “The discovery of these mutations when the virus has not still acquired an ability to transmit from human to human gives us all, the entire world, time to prepare for possible mutations and react in an adequate and timely fashion,” Ms Popova said.

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