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Siberian birds responsible for bird flu: DoLS



HETAUDA: Director at the Department of Livestock Service‚ Dr Nar Bahadur Rajwar‚ has said the Siberian birds coming to Nepal in the cold season have transmitted the bird flu to the fowls here.

Speaking at a programme organised by the Central Regional Directorate of Livestock Services here‚ Dr Rajwar said the Siberian birds of some 800 species that wander for three months in Nepal's national parks and ponds spread the flu in domestic fowls of Nepal.

Ducks are the first victims of flu from the Siberian birds. The disease gradually spreads to other domestic birds. However‚ the wandering birds and ducks are not affected with the bird flu virus.

Reasoning this‚ he suggested the farmers not to keep the duck and chicken together.

On the occasion‚ Regional Director Dr Damodar Sedai said although the bird flu virus is spread up to 3 kilometer of any area‚ only infected chicken were culled due to some compulsions.

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