Biological Hazard – Asia – Nepal

EDIS Number: BH-20120318-34553-NPL
Date / time: 18/03/2012 06:04:11 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: Nepal
State/County: Capital City
Location: Kathmandu [Dallu District]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


Thousands of chickens have died of bird flu at a poultry farm in Dallu, Kathmandu. The Animal Health Directorate collected samples of dead chickens from the Dallu Layer Farm farm on March 13 after its owner, Ranga Nath Poudel, reported death of chickens at the farm. The directorate confirmed yesterday that the fowls had died of bird flu. About 15,160 chickens have died of avian influenza in the farm, according to Dr Ram Krishna Khatiwada, programme director at the directorate. “With confirmation of bird flu, we have started culling fowls,” he said, adding that the directorate has deployed a veterinary doctor, two technicians and seven helpers to disinfect and dump the chicken feed. “We have declared the area a crisis zone and intensified vigilance.” Dr Khatiwada informed that the Narayangadh-based Abinash Hatchery had supplied the chickens and feed to the farm. The farm first recorded fowl deaths on March 2. Bird flu has made inroads into the outskirts of the Capital at a time when Jhapa, Panchthar, Ilam and Sunsari districts are under surveillance for the deadly flu strain. A month ago, the parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Means had directed the government to take immediate steps to control the flu strain. It had urged the government to provide more funds, press a mobile team into service and step up vigilance on the border to keep avian influenza at bay.

Event updates:
Situation Update No. 2 on 2012-03-19 at 04:24:03.
Situation Update No. 1 on 2012-03-18 at 10:41:10.

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