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Thousands of cranes killed in Israel’s “worst wildlife disaster”

Bird flu has killed at least 5,200 vines in the northern region, and authorities are competing to pick up migratory bird carcasses, forcing farmers to weed out chickens.

In northern Israel, 500,000 chickens were slaughtered to prevent the spread of the disease, officials said. (Reuters)

The outbreak of bird flu in northern Israel has killed at least 5,200 migratory birds and forced farmers to slaughter hundreds of thousands of chickens.

Uri Nabe, a senior scientist at the Israeli Park Nature Department, said on Monday the situation was not yet under control.

“It’s difficult to get a bird out because many birds are dead in the middle of the body of water,” he said.

Environmental Minister Tamar Zandberg called the crisis “the most serious damage to wildlife in the history of the country.”

“The extent of the damage is still unknown,” she tweeted.

Yaron Mikaeri, a spokesman for Hula Lake Park, where vine populations are concentrated, said workers are removing carcasses as soon as possible for fear of infecting other wildlife. ..

Daphna Julista, a spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, said 500,000 chickens were slaughtered in the area to prevent the spread of the disease.

About 500,000 cranes pass through Israel each year on their way to Africa, with a few lagging behind, according to Mikaeri. This year, an estimated 30,000 cranes stayed in Israel during the winter.

Mikaeri said the crane is believed to have infected a small bird that came into contact with the farm suffering from the outbreak.

“Good sign”

Israeli media posted a photo of workers in white hazmat suits collecting dead cranes after the bird was first discovered to be ill about 10 days ago.

Mikaeri said crane deaths have seemed to be stable lately.

“This is a good sign. They may be starting to get over it. Thank you.”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office said officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Health are monitoring the situation. There was no immediate information about the infection among people, it said.

Cleanup is progressing slower than expected.

“We’re trying to see if there’s another solution,” Nabe said.

Source: AP

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