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Ban on chicken import to curb bird flu outbreak

  Govt says a team of experts from Bangkok will suggest on immunisation

YADAV RAJ JOSHI

KATHMANDU: The government is planning to put a ban on import of chicken into the Kathmandu Valley to control a possible outbreak of bird flu.

“The ban will come into effect from Tuesday in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur,” Dr Ramkrishna Khatiwada, Deputy Director General at the Department of Livestock Services, said. “The ban will last for a week.” He added that the department was also mulling over immunisation option, as part of which fowls will be immunised. “We hope to implement this soon.”

A meeting between district administration offices and authorities from the animal health departments in the Kathmandu Valley today decided to impose a ban on import and transportation of chicken and poultry products. “Traditional control mechanisms have failed to control bird flu outbreak. Therefore, the government is going to explore alternatives, as part of which import of chicken and ducks will be completely banned,” Khatiwada said.

According to Khatiwada, the ban will help control the flow of bird flu infected fowls into the markets of the Valley.

Poultry farmers of late have been found to be selling bird flu infected chicken and ducks in the market. Such a case was reported in Sundarighat of Lalitpur two days ago.

The immunisation option, however, will be implemented only after holding consultations with experts. “A team of experts from Bangkok is visiting Nepal to take stock of the situation. Immunisation (of fowls) will be started according to their suggestions,” Khatiwada said. About a dozen cases of bird flue outbreak have been reported in the Kathmandu Valley in the last two years.

In the last fiscal year, there were 35 cases of bird flu outbreak across the country.

There have been 106 bird flu outbreak cases since the epidemic was first reported in the country six years ago.


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• About a dozen case of bird flu outbreak have been reported in the Valley in the last two years

• The country in the last fiscal year saw about 35 cases of bird flu outbreak

• There have been a total of 106 bird flu outbreak cases since the epidemic was first detected in the country six years ago

• Poultry farmers of late have been found to be selling bird flu infected chicken and poultry products in the market

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