Binyamina Avian flu is of the H5N1 strain lethal to humans, officials say

Avian flu which erupted among hens in a petting zoo near a Binyamina kindergarten is of the h5n1 strain which is lethal to humans, the Agriculture Ministry said Thursday. People who came in contact with the birds over the past week were instructed to take preventative medicine, and the ministry stressed that the disease appeared to be contained to the one location at the moment. The birds were tested for the disease after 18 out of 25 hens in the petting zoo died in the last week. It was understood that none of the children in the kindergarten came in contact with the infected fowl.