The current world is experiencing some of the worst infection cases that could make you believe the end is near. One year ago, around December 2019, the world reported its first case of COVID-19 in the Wuhan wet market in China.
The virus took center stage when it became global within a few months, and dead bodies were reported in major affected countries like the USA, Brazil, India, UK, and Russia. The coronavirus pandemic has affected about 219 countries and territories, with more than 111 million confirmed cases and over 2.4 million deaths.
On Saturday, Russian scientists alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) after discovering traces of the first case of transmission of the H5N8 avian flu from birds to humans.
Anna Popova, a Russian health watchdog, confirmed that several scientists at the Vector laboratory detected H5N8. They did this by isolating the strain’s genetic material from seven workers at a poultry farm located in southern Russia’s outskirts. That region was reported to have an outbreak of the flu in birds around December.
However, the good news is that the tested workers didn’t show any serious health consequences even after contracting the poultry virus.
Popova stated that information gathered concerning the first case of transmission of the avian flu from birds to humans had been sent to the WHO. One thing to note is that the flu is quite lethal for birds, but after the world’s first case on humans, the flu is not that deadly.
There are few speculations whether H5N8 can turn out just the same way, like the COVID-19 pandemic that was said to have originated from bats and then transmitted to humans at the wet market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
The important scientific discovery by the Russian scientists was praised by Popova, who says now they have all the time to check whether the virus can further mutate and be transmitted from affected humans to other humans like the case of the COVID-19.
Popova added that discovering the avian flu when it’s yet to transmit from human to human gives the world the time to prepare for any possible mutations and react in a timely manner to avoid another health-related epidermic.
On the same Saturday, WHO said that they had received updates on the H5N8 from birds to human transmission, and they will communicate to the world once they gather all the information.
The WHO released a statement saying that they are in discussion with the relevant national authorities on the ground to gather more information and assess the bird flu’s public health impact. They also said, once confirmed, the Russia event will become the first time H5N8 infects people.
According to WHO, the Russian workers didn’t portray any symptoms, thereby implying all of them were asymptomatic, and no human-to-human transmission had been reported. The health organization said that the virus could have been transmitted through direct contact with an infected animal or contaminated environment.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.