Threat Of Avian Flu In Israel: Efforts are being made to stop the Avian Flu Outbreak in Israel. More than five thousand migratory stork birds have already died in Hula Nature Reserve. Environment Minister Tamar Zandberg called the incident the worst blow to wildlife in Israel’s history.
Local farmers are forced to kill five lakh chickens. Because of this, a lack of eggs can also be seen. So far, no information has been received about the spread of the A(H5N1) virus in humans. But preparations are being made regarding this danger.
Threat Of Avian Flu In Israel
However, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met his National Security Advisor and other experts. In this meeting, efforts to prevent the spread of avian flu were discussed. At the same time, people who have come in close contact with infected birds are being given preventive treatment.
However, the transmission of the virus from birds to humans is extremely rare. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 456 people have died due to the avian flu virus worldwide since 2003. This is the reason why Israel is now taking rapid steps.
Carcasses of storks are being removed from the lake
The Israel Nature and Parks Authority images show dead storks being pulled from Hula Lake to avoid infecting other wildlife. Employees wearing protective suits were seen taking out the cranes. The authority also said that the remains of 250 cranes were seen in the surrounding Hula Valley, and 30 sick cranes were detected in the country.
In winter, the sight of thousands of cranes coming from Europe in Hula Nature Reserve is usually a delight for bird watchers. But due to avian flu, it has now been closed for tourists.
Risk of Egg Loss
Avian flu viruses occur naturally in migratory waterfowl, which do not develop symptoms quickly. Domestic birds are more vulnerable, and once the virus spreads to a flock, all birds have to be killed. The reason behind this is to protect the rest of the birds from getting infected. Israeli media reported that more than half a million egg-laying chickens had been killed in Moshav Margiliot to stop the virus from spreading. This has led to the risk of egg shortage, as Moshav provides seven per cent of all eggs consumed in Israel.