Avian Influenza – Russia
A quarantine in the villages of the Kazan district has been established due to highly pathogenic bird flu. The observation zone is declared territories within a radius of 10 kilometers – the village of Yarkovskoye, the villages of Grachi, Blagodatnoye, Novoaleksandrovka and Sladchanka, Kazan district.
The center of the outbreak in the Tyumen region is observed at the Borovskaya poultry farm. The farm has been in quarantine since October 13.
Whether there are cases has not been specified.
Photo: H5N1 virus colorized micrograph, viruses are gold colored in MDCK cells (green).
Avian influenza is deadly to most birds, but it can also be deadly to humans and other animals that catch the virus (poultry farming). Since the first human case in 1997, H5N1 has killed nearly 60% of those who have been infected. Unlike human flu, avian flu does not spread easily from person to person.
Avian influenza subtypes H5N8, H5N5, H5N3, and H5N1 are currently circulating mostly in the European continent (for now). The pathogens have been detected in wild birds and these viruses are being distributed wherever wild birds migrate.
Poultry producers are recommended to implement bio-security measures necessary to protect their flocks and humans from exposure and infection.
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