Russia has registered the first case of a strain of bird flu virus named H5N8 being passed to humans from birds and has reported the matter to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Seven workers at a poultry plant in Russia’s south had been infected with the H5N8 strain when there was an outbreak at the plant in December, Popova said.

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What is Bird Flu?

Bird flu, also called avian influenza, is a viral infection that can infect birds, humans, and other animals. Although, Most forms of the virus are restricted to birds.

How does bird flu spread to humans?

Avoid coming in direct or close contact with infected poultry. The virus can enter your body if you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth after touching the infected bird. You can also get the virus if you feel a surface contaminate with the birds’ excretions, such as their faeces or saliva.

What are the symptoms of bird flu? 

Cough, Diarrhea, respiratory difficulties, fever (over 100.4°F or 38°C), headache, muscle aches, malaise, runny nose, sore throat can be the symptoms.

Can we treat this?

Although, We can treat it with antiviral drugs. It is necessary to take medicines within 48 hours of showing symptoms.

Is there bird flu in India now?

Bird flu in India: Avian Influenza confirmed across 12 states so far, says govt. On Friday, the Central Government confirmed the flu so far in nine states — Kerala, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab.

How can you prevent flu?

1. Practice good hygiene – such as washing your hands regularly with warm water and soap, especially before and after handling foods. …

2. Also, Avoid open-air markets or contact with live birds and poultry.

3. Do not eat undercooked or raw poultry or duck.

4. Avoid eating raw eggs.

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