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Amid avian flu outbreak, Health Ministry issues new warnings

The carcass of a crane, infected by avian flu, at the Hula Valley Nature Reserve in northern Israel, on December 23, 2021. (Shlomit Shavit, Israel Nature and Parks Authority)
The carcass of a crane, infected by avian flu, at the Hula Valley Nature Reserve in northern Israel, on December 23, 2021. (Shlomit Shavit, Israel Nature and Parks Authority)

The Health Ministry warns the public to take precautions amid a major outbreak of avian flu.

The ministry warns citizens to avoid coming in contact with sick or injured birds, and to not hunt such animals. In addition, people should only purchase chicken and eggs from regulated places that have inspection stamps.

According to the ministry, “care should be taken to thoroughly cook eggs and chicken, maintain hygiene and wash hands after contact with the meat or eggs.”

Thousands of birds have succumbed to avian flu so far during the worst outbreak of bird flu ever to hit the country’s wild bird population.

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