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Bird flu detected in Nawalparasi (East)

- NAVIN POUDEL, NAWALPARASI

May 10, 2019-

The H5N1 influenza virus, commonly known as bird flu, has been detected among the chickens reared by a farmer at Madhyabindu Municipality in Nawalparasi (East).  Dr Shyam Krishna Tiwari, chief of the municipal veterinary service unit, said bird flu virus was detected among the chickens belonging to Pitambar Mahato.  

Mahato had taken the samples collected from his chickens to the National Avian Disease Investigation Laboratory in Chitwan for test after some 0f the fowls started dying in the coop.

The lab results confirmed that the chickens had contracted the avian flu, Dr Tiwari said.  After the lab confirmed the bird flu virus, a joint team of technicians from Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperative Management of Gandaki Province, Livestock Development Office, National Avian Disease Investigation Laboratory and the municipality was deployed to Mahato’s farm to cull the chickens. The team also destroyed the poultry and feeds belonging to Mahato’s neighbours.

The local administration has urged the local poultry farmers to stop rearing fowls until the bird flu comes under complete control.

Published: 10-05-2019 08:43

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