People got suspicious two days ago when chickens started dying in two farms in Kodiyathur and Vengeri villages prompting authorities to send samples to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal which confirmed the presence of avian flu, officials said. (Image used for representation).(FILE PHOTO.)
People got suspicious two days ago when chickens started dying in two farms in Kodiyathur and Vengeri villages prompting authorities to send samples to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal which confirmed the presence of avian flu, officials said. (Image used for representation).(FILE PHOTO.)

All you need to know about H5N8 strain of avian flu

  • The H5N8 is a sub-type of the Influenza A virus that causes flu-like symptoms in birds and mammals. Before Russia reported its first case of human transmission H5N8 was largely believed to be restricted to birds and poultry.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:33 PM IST

Russia on Saturday reported the world's first case of transmission of the H5N8 strain of avian flu from animals to humans. Seven workers of a poultry farm in southern Russia, were found to be infected where an outbreak was recorded among the birds in December.

What is H5N8?

The H5N8 is a sub-type of the Influenza A virus that causes flu-like symptoms in birds and mammals. Before Russia reported its first case of human transmission H5N8 was largely believed to be restricted to birds and poultry. The more widely known strain of avian influenza is the H1N1, which is responsible for all the major flu outbreaks, like 1918 Spanish flu, the 2009 Swine flu outbreak et al. Reuters reported that in recent months outbreaks of the H5N8 strain have been reported in Russia, Europe, China, the Middle East and North Africa but only ever in poultry till Saturday.

Is it lethal for humans?

The H5N8 strain of avian influenza is not lethal for humans, a fact that Anna Popova, head of Russian consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, attested to. The seven Russian poultry farm workers who had been infected are doing okay, according to Reuters. Recently, an H5N8 outbreak was reported in Beed district of Maharashtra, reported news agency ANI.

Properly cooked meat or poultry and boiled eggs are considered to be safe for human consumption by the ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying. "It is appealed to the citizens that they should not consume raw, half-cooked poultry meat or eggs. It is also urged not to spread misconceptions and rumors based on unscientific information about bird flu," said the ministry.

During the budget season of the Parliament, minister of state for health Ashwini Choubey, told Lok Sabha that strains of H5N1, H5N8, and H5 have been detected in India so far. However, no laboratory-confirmed human cases of avian influenza have been reported in the country. Reuters reported on February 3, in the midst of a similar outbreak in Germany, that risk to human beings is considered to be low and it mostly leads to massive culling of poultry.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Supreme Court. (HT Archive.)
Supreme Court. (HT Archive.)

Supreme Court to commence hybrid physical hearings from March 15

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 01:53 PM IST
The apex court has issued the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the hybrid physical hearings.
Close
India's total COVID-19 active cases have reached 1,80,304, comprising 1.61 per cent of the country’s total number of infections.(Reuters)
India's total COVID-19 active cases have reached 1,80,304, comprising 1.61 per cent of the country’s total number of infections.(Reuters)

15 lakh people vaccinated against COVID-19 on March 5, highest in a day: Centre

Posted by Joydeep Bose | PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 01:50 PM IST
The countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) had started on February 2.
Close
Farmers block Western Peripheral Expressway near Rohtak on 100th day of protest, in Haryana.(Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)
Farmers block Western Peripheral Expressway near Rohtak on 100th day of protest, in Haryana.(Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)

100 days of farm laws protest: Farmers block major expressways. See pictures

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 01:25 PM IST
To mark the 100th day of the landmark protest, protesting farmers' unions decided to observe March 6 as the 'Black Day'.
Close
A police team which rushed to scene of fighting between the two group also came under attack. (Representational photo/Getty Images)
A police team which rushed to scene of fighting between the two group also came under attack. (Representational photo/Getty Images)

3 killed, 9 injured as dispute over land turns violent in Bihar’s Munger

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 01:07 PM IST
  • Two groups had been trying to build a wall around a plot of land that is said to belong to a mutth.
Close
Farmers block Western Peripheral Expressway near Rohtak on 100th day of protest, in Haryana.(HT photo)
Farmers block Western Peripheral Expressway near Rohtak on 100th day of protest, in Haryana.(HT photo)

Farmers gather at western peripheral expressway as agitation completes 100 days

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shivani, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 01:06 PM IST
As the capital braces for scorching summers and the harvesting season begins, farmers gathering on Saturday asserted that they had no plans to turn back until their demands were met.
Close
Rajya Sabha MP and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut(HT file)
Rajya Sabha MP and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut(HT file)

News updates from HT: Mumbai police capable of probing Mansukh Hiren's death

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:56 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Close
Dinesh Trivedi joined the BJP on Saturday in Delhi in the presence of party chief JP Nadda and Union minister Piyush Goyal. (ANI)
Dinesh Trivedi joined the BJP on Saturday in Delhi in the presence of party chief JP Nadda and Union minister Piyush Goyal. (ANI)

Dinesh Trivedi joins BJP, 'Now he is in the right party,' says JP Nadda

UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 01:26 PM IST
The former Trinamool MP said it was the golden moment he had been waiting for. BJP president J P Nadda said Trivedi was the right person in the wrong party
Close
Twenty-five nations across the world have already received Made-in India vaccines and forty-nine more countries will be supplied in the coming days, ranging from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean to Africa, South-East Asia and the Pacific Islands. (Representative Image)(AFP)
Twenty-five nations across the world have already received Made-in India vaccines and forty-nine more countries will be supplied in the coming days, ranging from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean to Africa, South-East Asia and the Pacific Islands. (Representative Image)(AFP)

India airlifts Covid-19 vaccines to Somalia

ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:36 PM IST
Under the Vaccine Maitri initiative, India has been providing coronavirus vaccines to its neighbouring countries.
Close
Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut. (HT File Photo)
Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut. (HT File Photo)

Mumbai police capable of probing Mansukh Hiren's death, says Shiv Sena

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:22 PM IST
  • Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut dismissed the opposition's demand for an investigation into Mansukh Hiren's death by the NIA
Close
It is being speculated that Mithun Chakraborty and Sourav Ganguly may attend PM Modi's Brigade rally tomorrow.
It is being speculated that Mithun Chakraborty and Sourav Ganguly may attend PM Modi's Brigade rally tomorrow.

PM Modi's Brigade rally: BJP clarifies about Mithun Chakraborty, Sourav Ganguly

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:17 PM IST
West Bengal BJP has neither denied nor accepted the speculations, which intensifies the suspense.
Close
Actor Taapsee Pannu is currently shooting for her film Loop Lapeta.(HT_PRINT)
Actor Taapsee Pannu is currently shooting for her film Loop Lapeta.(HT_PRINT)

'According to our finance minister': What Taapse Pannu said on 2013 I-T raids

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:58 PM IST
The raids were also to search her memories of the 2013 raid that happened at her properties, Taapsee Pannu said on Saturday.
Close
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(HT photo)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(HT photo)

Odisha: State govt to increase funds for MSMEs, says CM Patnaik

ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 10:45 AM IST
While inaugurating the MSME Trade fair 2021 through Video conferencing, the Chief Minister said "In the next financial year, the budget of MSME Department is being substantially increased.
Close
Visitors from Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala nd Maharashtra will need RT-PCR tests to enter Rajasthan.(Representational image/HT PHOTO)
Visitors from Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala nd Maharashtra will need RT-PCR tests to enter Rajasthan.(Representational image/HT PHOTO)

Rajasthan makes negative Covid report mandatory for visitors from 4 more states

By Jaykishan Sharma
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 10:37 AM IST
  • A statement form the Rajasthan Chief Minister's Office cited rising Covid-19 cases in the neighbouring states for the decision to insist on negative Covid reports for visitors.
Close
The accused allegedly took money from the woman under the pretext of his medical treatment on various occasions in last two years,(Representational Photo)
The accused allegedly took money from the woman under the pretext of his medical treatment on various occasions in last two years,(Representational Photo)

Nagpur man befriends nurse on matrimonial site, dupes her of 40 lakh

By Vijay Kumar Yadav
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 10:09 AM IST
  • The woman who suspected foul play, checked the accused's Facebook account and found out that he was regularly chatting with another woman, who turned out to be his wife.
Close
Indian army trucks drive near Pangong Tso lake near the India China border in Ladakh area.(AP file photo)
Indian army trucks drive near Pangong Tso lake near the India China border in Ladakh area.(AP file photo)

'India-China border tensions reflect growing Chinese aggression': Kahl

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 09:43 AM IST
The past decade has seen promising trends in the US-India defence trade and technology relationship, Biden's pick for Pentagon said.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP