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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Nepal : Avian influenza strikes again‚ government sets off alarm

Via The Himalayan Times :

The Directorate of Animal Health has urged owners of poultry farms to subject their birds to bird flu tests. The appeal came after bird flu surfaced in two poultry farms in Itahari. 

“We have urged owners of poultry farms to conduct H5N1 tests if a large number of chickens die in their farms,” informed Dr Vijay Kant Jha, chief of the directorate. 

Bird flu has made inroads into two poultry farms at Tengratoli of Itahari-7, Sunsari district. After confirming that birds at the two farms were carrying H1N5 viruses, technicians from the Livestock Office Biratnagar culled more than 2,000 chickens in the farms in coordination with security personnel last Thursday. Jha added, “We have started collecting samples from poultry farms located close to the affected areas."

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