Bird flu has been confirmed in a poultry farm in Birendranagar Municipality of Surkhet.

It was confirmed after test was conducted at the central livestock disease laboratory, according to Director General at Department of Livestock Service, Dr Damayanti Shrestha. Earlier, Tarakeshwor Municipality of Kathmandu had witnessed bird flu.

Human resources have been mobilised from the federal, provincial and local levels to immediately control the outbound supply of infected chicken. A team of veterinarians has also been mobilised from the central level to control the spread of bird flu.

Even domestic fowls around the flu affected area were culled with the assistance of Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives at Karnali Province, the subordinate bodies and Birendranagar Municipality.

In this connection, 279 chicken and 102 pigeons were culled and 22 eggs and 31-kg feed destroyed. The flu-hit area has been disinfected.

The Department has requested all sides concerned to extend cooperation in controlling the flu if it emerges in any other place.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 21, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.