Towards another epidemic? The Ministry of Agriculture announced today (Tuesday) that avian influenza was discovered in a turkey coop in Kibbutz Shlouch, which is located in the Valley of the Springs in the north of the country.
Because of this, the Ministry of Agriculture has imposed a quarantine on all chicken coops within a range of up to 10 km from the infected chicken coop, and has also informed the Ministry of Health and the Nature and Parks Authority on the matter and continues to be in contact with them for comprehensive treatment. The Ministry of Agriculture again emphasizes that eggs and chicken meat should only be consumed after cooking .
As mentioned, the flu was discovered in a coop of turkeys in Kibbutz Shlouch. The disease was discovered among the poultry while they were in a slaughterhouse in the area. The chicken meat was stopped at the slaughterhouse and was not sold to stores. The slaughterhouse as well as all the chickens within a range of up to 10 km from the chicken in question are in quarantine. The results of the tests show that the strain discovered is H5N1.
In order to prevent the spread of the disease, the Ministry of Agriculture operates in accordance with the regular work procedures related to the treatment of bird flu. In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture has informed the Ministry of Health and the Nature and Parks Authority on the subject, and is in contact with them regarding increased vigilance regarding the transmission of the disease through wild poultry.
The Ministry of Agriculture reiterates that it is possible to continue to consume chicken meat and eggs, but one must be careful and purchase eggs only at organized sales and marketing points. The eggs must be marked and packed in cardboard or plastic on all sides. In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture emphasizes that eggs and chicken meat should only be consumed after they have been cooked/baked/fried well.
Also, the Ministry of Agriculture calls on the breeders of ornamental birds and backyard poultry as well as free-range chickens, to keep the birds inside buildings, and to prevent them from wandering in the open, thereby reducing the risk of infection from wild birds.