“The mutating H5N8 strain of avian flu has a high risk of human-to-human transmission” Russian authorities warn March 12   

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA On Feb. 20, 2021 Russia reported the first-ever human infections with H5N8 avian influenza involving seven poultry farm workers in the southern region of Astrakhan Oblast.  They were infected after a Dec. 3-11, 2020 outbreak of H5N8 on a poultry farm. Although Russia reported a government lab was […]

Russian and other European H5N8 Avian Flu sequences will inform risk to humans in Astrakhan and beyond

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Vaccine development could also be facilitated By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA Now that the H5N8 avian flu virus whole genome sequence that infected seven poultry farm workers in Astrakhan has been shared by Russia in the GISAID database, a search for other locations in Europe and elsewhere with this same sequence can be […]

Russia shared sequence of mutated H5N8 flu infecting humans with GISAID: Will other nations also develop human tests and vaccines?

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA The Russian News Agency TASS reported on Feb. 20  that Russia had shared the genetic sequence of the mutated H5N8 avian influenza viruses that in December infected seven minimally symptomatic poultry farm workers in Astrakhan, southern Russia. The Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID) is the […]

Has testing of humans for asymptomatic and mild H5N8 bird flu begun in other nations with H5N8 outbreaks after seven infected workers in Russia’s Astrakhan region?

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA On Saturday (Feb. 20 ), the Russian news agency TASS reported: “At the beginning of December 2020, an outbreak of bird flu occurred at a poultry farm in Akhtubinsky district . . . During this period, seven employees of the poultry farm had a slight health disorder (sore […]

First-ever human infections with H5N8 bird flu reported by Russia: State laboratory working on a vaccine

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA Today Russian announced that last December seven workers on a poultry farm in southern Russia were infected with H5N8 bird (avian) flu. Although H5N8 avian influenza (“bird flu”) has been found in several avian species in multiple nations on several continents for more than three decades, it has […]