"Many chickens" recently died in the northern Negev town of Hora, according to a story in Arutz Sheva - Israel National News.
Earlier on Thursday lab technicians indicated they were still unable to announce a conclusive cause of death. They are also unable to definitely rule out bird flu at this stage, explaining only upon completion of extensive testing can a cause of death be announced with a modicum of certainty.
Last week, Health Minister Danny Naveh stated the potentially fatal illness making its way around the world would most likely strike Israel by month's end.
That throwaway line makes me wonder what Mr. Naveh knew to make him such a confident forecaster.