Bird flu has again been detected in chickens, quails and ducks in the country.

This time bird flu has been detected in local chickens, quails and ducks at a farm in Lalitpur Metropolitan City.

According to the Department of Livestock Services, the bird flu was confirmed on Monday while testing the collected samples of local chickens, quails and ducks from a farm in Nakhu, Lalitpur.

The samples were tested at the Central Livestock Disease Investigation Laboratory, Tripureshwor.

A statement issued by the department today has stated that 516 ducks, 854 local chickens, 154 quails, 944 eggs and 335 kilograms of grains were destroyed to control the spread of the disease.

Two months back, bird flu was first found in turkeys and ducks reared by local farmers in Sanglekhola, Futung.

The bird flu was again seen later in ducks and chickens reared by farmer Pralad Tamang and his son Suman Tamang of Sanglekhola Chhap.

Bird flu was also detected twice in Tarkeshwar Municipality of Kathmandu in January.

About 2,350 domestic birds and other contagious items were destroyed in the Tarkeshwor Municipality of Kathmandu back then after avian influenza was confirmed.

A total of 1,865 ducks, 622 quails, 32 chickens, 25 turkeys, 542 eggs and 75 kg of grains were destroyed.

According to the department, bird flu has been confirmed in Kathmandu, Surkhet and Jajarkot districts recently.

While collecting samples from different parts of the country during the monitoring, bird flu has been found again in Lalitpur.

As per the department, federal, provincial and local level bodies have been mobilised to control the bird flu in the areas where it has been confirmed. The department has also stated that efforts are being made to control the disease by destroying all the domestic birds and other contagious items in the area where the disease has been found.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 31, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.