Bird Flu Hits Northern Israel

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -
An Israeli poultry farmer looks at thousands of chicken eggs that were to be destroyed after the lethal avian flu was discovered in one his chicken coops in the southern village of Ami Oz near the Gaza Strip, in March, 2006.  (GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli poultry farmer looks at thousands of chicken eggs that were to be destroyed after the lethal avian flu was discovered in one his chicken coops in the southern village of Ami Oz near the Gaza Strip, in March, 2006. (GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)

Tens of thousands of birds have been put to death by health authorities in northern Israel after an outbreak of bird flu (H5N1) in the last two weeks, Arutz Sheva reported.

On Monday, approximately 37,000 turkeys were put down in Kfar Vitkin near Netanya.

It was only the latest phase in the campaign to halt the epidemic. Kast week in the Sharon region, the northern coastal plain, a total of 157,000 birds were put to death. The flu was first discovered in Moshav Aviel north of Hadera.

In order to insure the contagion does not spread further, the birds are buried in deep trenches lined with plastic sheets.

In Israel, the most serious incidence of bird flu on record was in 2006, starting among coops in the Gaza belt region before spreading northward.

Experts say Israel is better prepared to control the disease now, after learning lessons and adopting protocols from the 2006 experience.