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Israel reports avian influenza outbreak

The Veterinary Service of Israel's Ministry of Agriculture called a state of emergency on Saturday after high pathogenic avian influenza hit two farms in the north of the country, reported The Jerusalem Post.
calendar icon 26 December 2021
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The outbreak involved 320,000 hens and 244,000 hens, wrote The Jerusalem Post. The coops have been isolated, and the eggs pulled out of the food chain. The Ministry also announced the possibility of a shortage of 14 million eggs per month and advised authorities to adjust tariffs on imported eggs to compensate.

These are not the first outbreaks of avian influenza in the country this year. According to the agriculture ministry, several outbreaks occurred in late November, one on a duck farm and the other on a turkey farm.

Since 2006, avian influenza has hit the country nearly every year.

Melanie Epp

Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada.