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Bird flu spreading in Nepal

It has been reported that there have been outbreaks of bird flu in different parts of Nepal.

Around 500 backyard birds have died in Jhyalbas and Deurali VDCs of Nawalparasi district in the past few weeks, according to the Himalayan Times.

Following the outbreak, a team of veterinarians led by senior officer at the Animal Health Directorate (AHD), Dr Narayan Prasad Ghimire, was sent to the VDCs for a stamping out operation following verbal orders from Dr Ram Krishna Khatiwada, the programme director, AHD.

One of the team members said the condition in those areas was ‘horrible’ as more birds are being infected and dying fast.

Sources said the birds of local resident Bal Bahadur Bakwal (Magar) of Jhyalbas tested positive for H5N1 virus in the central veterinary laboratory, Tripureswor.

Source: Himalayan Times.

Natalie Berkhout

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