Bird flu in the biblical zoo – news in Israel


At the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, a swan sick with bird flu was discovered. Upon receiving the initial results, and in accordance with the veterinary services procedure at the Ministry of Agriculture, all the wing owners at the zoo were placed in quarantine.

At the same time, the Biblical Zoo is now working to address the incident in accordance with instructions given by the Ministry of Agriculture’s professionals.

The bird flu was also discovered in the last day in a turkey coop in Kibbutz Revadim. Here, too, upon receipt of the initial results, the Ministry of Agriculture imposed a closure on the coop in accordance with the procedure, and restrictions on poultry farms in the area. The coop numbers about 19,000 birds.

Dr. Ram Katz, Chief Physician of Poultry Health at the Veterinary Services, ordered the closure of the poultry farms located within a 10 km radius of the patient’s coop.

The Ministry of Agriculture is monitoring the treatment of influenza centers, and is working to complete it as soon as possible. The ministry also emphasizes that the strain that was diagnosed in swans at the zoo, in the strata and in the Menashe Regional Council is H5N8, a strain that harms wild birds, farm birds and farm birds, and so far no cases of infection in humans of this species are known.

In view of a similar strain of influenza in the three cases, professionals in the Ministry of Agriculture estimate that the contagious factor that led to the spread of the disease in recent days is the birds that migrate and pass over Israel during this period and probably spread the flu in different parts of the country.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture calls on ornamental bird breeders and yard poultry as well as freedom lollipops, to keep the poultry inside buildings, and to prevent them from roaming in an open area to reduce the risk of infection from wild birds.

The office emphasizes, notwithstanding the above, that eggs should generally be bought but only that they are packed on all sides in cardboard or plastic. As well, it is important to consume eggs and poultry only after cooking properly.

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