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Bird flu detected in Sitapaila



KATHMANDU: The bird flu outbreak has been detected in Sitapaila of Kathmandu, ten days after the first case was reported in the area. The first case of bird flu was reported in the area on December 24, 2012.

Directorate of Animal Health has confirmed bird flu in a poultry farm located in Sitapaila-1.

It was confirmed in a poultry farm operated by Prem Manandhar and Rajendra Budhathoki on Tuesday night, said spokesperson of the directorate Dr Narayan Prasad Ghimire.

“Our rapid response team culled about 2,460 chickens, 527 eggs and 25 kg feed today,” Ghimire said. The poultry farm is just 500 metres east to Surya Mohan Pokhrel’s farm where bird flu was reported on December 24, he added.

“We had kept the area under strict surveillance since the first outbreak, so there is no chance of it spreading to other places,” said Ghimire. According to the directorate, bird flu infection has been spreading towards poultry farms located in the eastern part of Sitapaila VDC.

The bird flu (H5N1) virus spreads more rapidly in cold weather than in hot conditions. Winter is a fertile time for bird flu, so people need to be conscious. The H5N1 virus has claimed about 336 lives worldwide.

The bird flu outbreak has been detected nine times in Kathmandu valley in the last one year. The recent outbreaks were in Dharke of Dhading district on December 13, and Thimi of Bhaktapur district on October 11.

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