KATHMANDU, Nepal- A day after the government declared capital Kathmandu bird flu emergency zone and started culling chickens and fowls, the avian virus has been detected at poultry farms in nearby Lalitpur district as well. The government has already declared Bhaktapur, another district in the capital valley, the bird flu emergency zone.
Though the virus has not affected the human so far, public health experts are worried about the possible dangers. According to Directorate of
Animal Services, more than half million fowls were culled in the capital valley in the last one week.
Of late, bird flu was confirmed in four poultry farms in Bhaisepati, Lalitpur, on Saturday.
Following the discovery of the bird flu virus, a team from the Avian Influenza Technical Coordination Committee slaughtered chickens and fowls at the infected poultry farms.
Meanwhile, authorities on Saturday started destroying chickens indiscriminately in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur—the districts declared bird flu emergency zones.
According to Dr Bol Raj Acharya, chief of the Kathmandu District Veterinary Office, chickens were slaughtered in five poultry farms – two in Gothatar and one each in Kirtipur, Thankot and Chalnakhel.
“We deployed four technical culling teams Saturday,” Acharya said.