As if there are not enough epidemics: In the northern localities that produce the most egg production, a number of suspected cases of bird flu have been discovered. Experts already estimate that this will cause a large shortage of eggs, but is there also a danger to health? Dr. Tamir Goshen, Director of Veterinary Services and Animal Health at the Ministry of Agriculture spoke this morning (Sunday) with Yoav Mintz on Radio North 104.5FM and put things in order.
Goshen first explained about the source of the flu: “The flu came with a few birds from Europe. Even there in Europe they are dealing with 1,000 foci of bird flu. That’s a lot. This year there are flu events in density and disturbing quantity. In the UK there is an insane amount, and also in Denmark.”
Today, most of the eruption is concentrated around the settlement of Margaliot, the area of Kfar Yuval in the Upper Galilee. However, cases of bird flu have also been observed in Maayan Baruch, Avigdor and other localities. The senior veterinarian explained how this could affect us: “The question is whether we will be able to contain the eruption in Margalit and make it not spread to other localities. About 75% of all egg production in the country is concentrated in 26 localities in the north and Galilee. “To prevent the spread of the disease, when all the branches I mentioned, the spawning branch, are the only ones that are not yet regulated in terms of the conditions of biological safety, which allow isolation in the event of an infectious disease.”
Is there a health hazard to humans due to the flu? Goshen explained: “No human infection has ever been found in bird flu from consuming chicken products or egg products. This is a theoretical and faint possibility in advance. “If there is no infection.”
Finally, the veterinarian recommended a series of precautions against the possible effects of influenza on chicken and egg products: “At any time, and especially at this time, those who consume chicken and egg products should cook over high heat, bake and fry the products, so that there is no chance of infection.”