(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

In light of the discovery of the Avian Influenza (bird flu) in Israel, the Civil Administration is preparing to provide assistance to aid in the early discovery of the virus in order to prevent the disease’s spread in Judea and Samaria region. The Civil Administration will coordinate the delivery of samples from birds in the Judea and Samaria region for examination in Israeli laboratories, via the Palestinian Authority (PA).

In addition, the Civil Administration continuously works to prevent the spread of various diseases. For example, last Thursday, January 3, 2008, the Civil Administration coordinated the passage of over 50,000 doses of vaccine against foot and mouth disease to the PA.