Bird Flu Hits Turkeys in Central Israel

Dead gannets are seen in a colony of northern gannets on the Rouzic island of the Sept-Iles archipelago, a bird reserve affected by a severe epidemic of bird flu, off the coast of Perros-Guirec in Brittany, France, September 5, 2022. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo  

By Hamodia Staff

YERUSHALAYIM — Bird flu is discovered at a turkey farm in central Israel, the second outbreak in the country in the last week, The Times of Israel reported on Monday.

The Agriculture Ministry ordered a quarantine on all poultry within a 6.5 mile radius of Moshav Beit Herut, where infections were detected.

The first outbreak during the current migration season occurred a week ago among turkeys at Kibbutz Shluhot in the Beit She’an Valley.

This marks the return of H5N1, which necessitated the culling of hundreds of thousands of chickens and turkeys last year, along with the deaths of an estimated 5,000 wild cranes at northern Israel’s Hula Lake Reserve.

As Israel is a major migration route for wild birds, the authorities are concerned that they may bring the virus to Israel from Europe, where H5N1 is currently infecting large numbers of wildlife.

The Agriculture Ministry is urging consumers to only buy eggs from reputable sources and to ensure that both eggs and chicken or turkey meat are thoroughly cooked before eating.

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