That’s why the World Health Organization’ Regional Office for Europe released an overview of avian influenza viruses known to cause illness in humans.
According to WHO, three subtypes of avian influenza A (H5, H7 and H9) are known to infect people. Since 2013, several new LPAI viruses (A(H7N9), A(H6N1), A(H10N8)) have infected humans and sometimes led to severe or lethal cases, WHO noted. HPAI A(H5N1) has been detected in humans since 2003 and regularly causes new fatalities. One novel HPAI A(H5N6) virus has been reported to cause human disease for the first time in 2014.
WHO developed the overview for public health professionals. The report, which includes data from countries from all six WHO regions, provides a comprehensive picture of avian influenza strains and their spread across the world.