Officials at Kathmandu District Animal Health Office said the government had imposed a week-long ban on the supply and sale of poultry product s to prevent the H5N1 virus from spreading to humans. The ban on the sales and supply chickens could extend unless the virus was under control within a week, the officials said.
Bird flu (Avian influenza) has been confirmed in several poultry farms in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Some 5,500 infected chickens have died while 4,500 chicken at farm in Sipadol of Bhaktapur were culled recently.
According to Chief of the Office Bolraj Acharya, the Department of Livestock Services (DoLS) recommended the chiefs of three district offices in Kathmandu Valley to activate clause 15 of the Animal Health and Livestock Services Act-1999. “We have also sent surveillance teams in the poultry farms. They will report to us if there’s any violation of the ban,” Acharya said.
Since the latest outbreak of bird flu two weeks ago, health workers have culled 220,000 chickens and destroyed more than 400,000 eggs at 30 affected farms. H5N1, a common strain of bird flu, killed 377 people globally from 2003 until July 5 this year, according to the World Health Organization.
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