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Up to 80 passengers aboard an international Air Canada flight were under observation Tuesday night in Toronto, after eight people showed flu-like symptoms. Air Canada flight 085 arrived at the city's Pearson International Airport from Tel Aviv, carrying 201 passengers. Eight people between the ages of 18 and 26 became ill during the flight, Health Canada officials told CTV Toronto. Roughly half the passengers were examined in the airport by a medical team, who apparently told them little about the situation. "We didn't know anything, that's the problem," said one man. "We came down from the plane and we were segregated. We had masks on, white suits on, and sat there for an hour until they told us to go home." The eight passengers with flu-like symptoms were taken to hospital. An official with the Greater Toronto Airport Authority refrained from saying the passengers had been "quarantined."
On 3 January, the veterinary institute in the Israeli ministry of agriculture confirmed that the potentially deadly H5N1 virus was found in dead birds at a local zoo in an isolated location in the town of Binyamina. A teacher at a nearby kindergarten noticed the dead birds and alerted the veterinary services. Professor Samuel Rishpon, chairman of the Haifa district health department told reporters on the same day "Our investigation indicates that none of the children, parents or the staff in the kindergarten came in direct contact with the birds, yet we've instructed the hospitals in the Haifa area to be on alert for children showing symptoms common of chicken flu."