Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

Avian influenza kills thousands of cranes in Israel

28 December, 2021

An outbreak of avian influenza H5N1 has killed more than 5,200 migratory cranes in Israel, prompting authorities to declare a popular nature reserve (Hula Lake park) off-limits to visitors. The deaths of thousands of wild birds in the Hula Nature Reserve, one of the world’s premier bird sanctuaries, is a tragic ecological event. Carcasses of other waterbirds, such as pelicans and egrets, have also been found.
About 50,000 cranes pass through Israel each year on the way to Africa and a small number stay behind. This year, an estimated 30,000 cranes stayed in Israel for the winter.


Image by: Hadas Kahaner/Israel Nature and Parks Authority