Bird Flu sudden increase Kills 2,000 Wild Cranes In Israel

Israel: A specialist described the number of dead cranes as “exceptional”.


A bird flu sudden increase has killed more than 2,000 wild cranes on a save in northern Israel, an unusually high toll for the seasonal flu, the parks authority said Sunday.

In addition to the 2,000 dead, another 10,000 are believed to be infected, Ohad Hatsofe, a specialist at the Israel character and Parks Authority, told news agency AFP.

The virus affects Israel yearly, but this year’s sudden increase is much larger than past years, said Uri Naveh, a senior scientist at the authority.

Naveh described the number of dead cranes as “exceptional”.

Like every year, approximately 100,000 wild cranes reached Israel since October, most stopping in the Hula Valley, an important point on their migratory path towards Africa.

More than 40,000 cranes are estimated to have remained in the area.

The avian flu ravaging the population, H5N1, has been detected in some chicken populations in northern Israel, Israel’s agriculture ministry said.

The ministry has suspended egg sales from affected farms.

It is scarce for H5N1 to spread among humans, but there have been past outbreaks.

According to the World Health Organization H5N1 has killed more than 450 people, mainly in Indonesia, Egypt and Vietnam, since 2003.

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