PLAGUES & PESTILENCES
Scientists worry an avian flu killing thousands of cranes in Israel could spread to humans
December 31, 2021 — Israel National News reports: “As the Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads across Israel, scientists in the country are worried about a new infectious disease threat: an avian flu that has killed thousands of wild birds migrating through Israel in the past month and has already spread to Israeli poultry farms.
Thousands of crane carcasses from birds infected with the disease have been found at the Hula Lake Reserve in the north of Israel, which becomes a major site for migrating birds to feed as they fly through the country twice each year.
The Israeli government is now killing off thousands of chickens in an effort to stop the flu from spreading unchecked through poultry farms and to reduce the chances of the flu jumping from birds to humans.
Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg said the flu caused ‘the worst blow to wildlife in the country’s history,’ according to The Times of Israel. More than half a million chickens from Israeli farms have been killed thus far…” (Jesus predicted ‘pestilences’ would inundate the globe just preceding His return to set up His Kingdom. – “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” – Matthew 24:7; “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven” – Luke 21:11; “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” – Revelation 6:7, 8. See the next report.)
Five human cases of H5N6 bird flu reported in China
January 18, 2022 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Five human cases of the H5N6 strain of avian influenza have been reported in China in recent weeks, the Center for Health Protection (CHP) of the Hong Kong Department of Health reported on Thursday. Two of the patients have died.
Four out of the five cases had confirmed exposure to poultry, although it is as of yet unclear how the fifth case got infected, according to the Department of Health. All the cases were infected in December.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday that all the cases had a history of exposure to poultry prior to infection and that none of their family members had developed symptoms. No epidemiological links were found between the five cases.
Additionally, between January 7 and 13, four new cases of human infections of the H9N2 strain of bird flu were reported in China. All four are in mild condition and have already recovered. All had a history of poultry exposure and no epidemiological links were found between the four cases. 24 cases of H9N2 were reported in China in 2021…”