The Israel Nature and Parks Authority reports that one in five crane living or migrating through Israel is infected with avian influenza.
Authority inspectors are checking the Hula Valley for the virus. Up to 100,000 birds visit the area annually, with about 40,000 cranes remaining in Israel until early March.
The H5N1 flu strain, which can also affect humans, was discovered a few days ago in the Margaliot moshav. There were closed 60 chicken coops, where about 244 thousand birds were kept. A farmer from Margaliot is under investigation and is suspected of attempting to sell eggs.
The virus was also found in the Neot Golan moshav in northern Israel.