Via The Jerusalem Post: Bird flu hits poultry in Israel and the West Bank - Israel News. Excerpt:
As cases of avian flu continue to infect poultry on both sides of the Green Line, Israeli and Palestinian officials are implementing strict measures to curb the contagion's spread.
Thus far, about 15,000 birds have died from the H5N1 avian flu at the Avi'el turkey fattening farm near Hadera, and an additional 4,000 birds have suffered from the disease at a Palestinian coop near Jenin, Israeli and Palestinian authorities reported. Within Israel proper, the Agriculture Ministry said that it has begun handling some 100,000 birds at coops in the Avi'el area, and will continue monitoring poultry within 10 kilometers of this spot.
A highly-contagious disease among poultry, because H5N1 is a zoonotic virus, the illness can also potentially spread to humans. The first cases of H5N1, which mainly circulates in parts of Asia and northeast Africa, to impact humans occurred in 1997, the World Health Organization said.
According to data submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health on Sunday by the Dr. Nadav Galon, chief veterinarian at the Agriculture Ministry's Veterinary Services, 30,000 cases of H5N1 had been identified, with 15,000 resultant deaths and 10,000 other birds "destroyed." In the report, 141,000 birds were deemed "susceptible," but officials determined that 61,000 birds at a farm located 350 meters away from Avi'el had not yet been affected.
The Avi'el turkey-fattening farm contains 13 pens with a total of 55,000 males and 25,000 females aged 16 to 17 weeks old, the report said. Mortality was observed in five of the pens, and was very high and hyperacute in three of them, Galon's report added.
H5N1 cases first appeared in Israeli poultry in March 2006, and since then, all of the outbreaks that impacted commercial flocks also occurred in March – 2011 and 2012 – aside from one incident in January 2010 8 kilometers from the current case, the information said. An additional case was discovered at a kindergarten's zoo in December 2007, only 3 kilometers from Avi'el.
The area in question has many water ponds where birds winter, Galon's report to the World Organization for Animal Health continued.