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BIRD FLU BURGER KING MCDONALD'S WENDY'S

Wendy’s, Burger King, McDonald’s Compete With Chicken Sandwiches As Russia Confirms First Case Of Bird Flu

1st CASE PASSED FROM BIRD TO HUMANwhen will the world learn to stop eating animals? I wouldn’t feel safe with this situation unfolding.

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FILE PHOTO: Chickens await vaccination against bird flu at the settlement Peredovoi near Stavropol

Polina Devitt and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber

Sat, February 20, 2021, 6:19 AM

By Polina Devitt and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has registered the first case of a strain of bird flu virus named A(H5N8) being passed to humans from birds and has reported the matter to the World Health Organization (WHO), Anna Popova, head of consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, said on Saturday.

Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain have been reported in Russia, Europe, China, the Middle East and North Africa in recent months but only in poultry. Other strains – H5N1, H7N9 and H9N2 – have been known to spread to humans.

Russia reported the case of human infection to the WHO “several days ago, just as we became absolutely certain of our results,” Popova said on Rossiya 24 state TV. There was no sign of transmission between humans so far, she added.

The majority of human bird flu infections have been associated with direct contact with infected live or dead poultry, though properly cooked food is considered to be safe.

Bird flu outbreaks often prompt poultry plants to kill their birds to prevent the virus from spreading, and avoid importing countries having to impose trade restrictions.

The vast majority of cases are spread by migrating wild birds, so producing countries tend to keep their poultry indoors or protected from contact with wildlife.

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, adding that the individuals involved felt fine now.

“This situation did not develop further,” she added.

Siberia’s Vector Institute said on Saturday it would start developing human tests and a vaccine against H5N8, RIA news agency reported.

The WHO did not reply to a Reuters request for comment.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Mark Heinrich and David Holmes)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/russia-registers-first-case-people-111955469.html





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CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19

Coronavirus imported from Europe found in frozen food and on chopping boards

A strain of the coronavirus imported from Europe is most likely to blame for the outbreak in Beijing, WHO believes

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A medical worker in a protective suit conducts a nucleic acid test for a resident, following a new outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, on June 20, 2020.
A medical worker in a protective suit conducts a nucleic acid test for a resident, following a new outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, on June 20, 2020.

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  • The virus sequence seen in the recent outbreak in Beijing is most likely related to the European strain, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Dr. Michael Ryan, who is the WHO’s executive director of the Health Emergencies Program, said: “What it’s saying most likely is that the disease was probably imported from outside Beijing at some point.”
  • WHO’s announcement comes a day after Chinese officials released data showing the gene sequence of the COVID-19 virus that broke out in Beijing’s Xinfadi market last week.
  • One CDC official said that while the virus strain is from Europe, it seems to be an older version of what is currently spreading across the continent.
  • More than 200 new cases of the virus have been reported in the Chinese capital since June 11. Officials are trying to clamp down on the outbreak as much as possible, testing 2.3 million people so far.

World Health Organization (WHO) officials have said the coronavirus sequence in the latest Beijing outbreak is most likely related to the European strain.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, WHO’s executive director of the Health Emergencies Program, Dr. Michael Ryan, said the outbreak in Beijing appears to be a human-to-human transmission and not another cross-species infection.

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“What it’s saying most likely is that the disease was probably imported from outside Beijing at some point,” Ryan said, adding that “establishing when that happened and how long the chain of transmission is important.”

WHO’s announcement came a day after the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials released data revealing the gene sequence of the COVID-19 virus that broke out in Beijing’s Xinfadi market last week.

CDC official Zhang Yong said that while the virus strain is from Europe, it seems to be an older version of what is currently spreading across the continent.

Zhang said of the data: “According to preliminary genomic and epidemiological study results, the virus is from Europe, but is different from the virus currently spreading in Europe. It’s older than the virus currently spreading in Europe.”

Experts believe that imported frozen foods used at the wholesale market could have been contaminated with the virus during packaging or transportation, according to Sky News.

Yang Zhanqiu, deputy director of the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University, told the Global Times: “In regard to the route of virus transmission into Beijing from Europe, if confirmed, it is likely the virus remained in imported frozen food where it lurked in dark and humid environment and then exposed to local visitors to the market,”

There were more than 200 new cases of the virus reported in the Chinese capital since June 11.

The outbreak has been linked to Xinfadi food market in the southwest of the city after traces of COVID-19 were found on several chopping boards.

Beijing officials have tried to clamp down on the new outbreak as swiftly as possible, banning inter-provincial tourism, shutting down schools, and suspending sports events.

Since the outbreak, around 2.3 million coronavirus tests have also been conducted across the capital, which has a population of approximately 20 million people.

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Source: A strain of the coronavirus imported from Europe is most likely to blame for the outbreak in Beijing, WHO believes