MOSCOW, February 21 – RIA Novosti. Infection with bird flu when eating chicken is impossible, the leading researcher of the Chumakov Center, Doctor of Biological Sciences Alexandra Gambaryan said on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel.
According to her, to get infected “you need to breathe in this virus, which rises with dust in the chicken coop.” She pointed out that eating chicken is not a risk factor, “even if you eat it raw.”
Earlier, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said that seven Russians had contracted the avian influenza A (H5N8) virus. According to her, this is the first case of human infection with this strain in the world.
Scientists isolated the genetic material of this disease from seven employees of a factory in southern Russia, where outbreaks were recorded among the bird population in December 2020. All measures to protect people and animals were carried out in a short time, which made it possible to stop the spread of infection.
As the director of the “Vector” center Rinat Maksyutov said, today it is possible to start developing a test system and a candidate vaccine strain for H5N8.