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Influenza A (H5N8) virus: Current Affairs 

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Influenza A (H5N8) virus:

Relevance: IR

Context: Russia Detects World’s 1st Case of H5N8 Avian Flu in Humans.

 

About Avian Influenza (Bird Flu):

  • Avian influenza refers to the disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) Type A viruses.
  • These viruses occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species.
  • Avian flu viruses do not normally infect humans.
  • However, sporadic human infections with avian flu viruses have occurred.

About the 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 the first case of human transmission, H5N8 was largely believed to be restricted to birds and poultry.

When India was declared free from Avian Influenza?

  • India was declared free from Avian Influenza in

About Russia:

  • Russia shares land boundary with: NorwayFinlandEstoniaLatviaLithuania ,PolandBelarusUkraineGeorgia, and Azerbaijan, KazakhstanChinaMongolia, and North Korea.
  • Additionally the country shares maritime borders with SwedenJapan (by the Sea of Okhotsk) and the S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait.

 


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