Monday, February 6, 2012

Dead fowls test positive for bird flu, Nepal

ITAHARI/ILAM: After the samples of dead chickens sent to London-based International Laboratory tested positive, bird flu was confirmed today in the fowls that died in Sunsari, Ilam and Panchthar districts.

It has been confirmed that chickens at Khanar-based Pathivara Poultry, Itahari-based PK Poultry, Ilam’s Fakfok and Panchthar’s Faktep died due to bird flu. Officials at Sunsari Livestock Office said that H5N1 was detected in the samples of dead fowls sent to London-based International Laboratory for tests.

Programme Director Dr Ramkrishna Khatiwada of Livestock Health Directorate Office Sunsari said they had sent the samples of dead fowls from Khanar and Itahari to London-based International Laboratory for tests 12 days ago and samples of dead chickens from Fakfok and Faktep some 18 days ago. London-based International Laboratory sent the test report today.

After the unconfirmed report of bird flu broke out, an Emergency Disease Investigation Team from the Central Livestock Disease Research Laboratory arrived in Sunsari yesterday. Dr Rajesh Yadav of CLDRL said they had collected information on symptoms, death rate, condition of poultry farms and their surroundings.

A meeting of bird flu disease control technicians has decided to cull birds, fix four border points around the infected areas, and request locals and all other stakeholders to close shops, schools and markets in the emergency-declared area.

Morang on high alert

• Biratnagar Sub Metropolis, Morang District Livestock Office, Livestock Quarantine Check Post and Police Administration on high alert

• Special police team deployed to check bird flu import to Morang via Sunsari

• Over 100 crows have died due to an unknown disease at Motiharwa and Mills area in Biratnagar in the past one week

• Samples of the dead crows sent for tests to RONAST

• Jhapa District Livestock Office has urged the poultry farmers to inform the office if any chicken dies. Source