File photo of dead chickens, killed by bird flu virus, are seen here at a poultry farm in southwestern Japan, in 2004. Japan has began slaughtering some 10,000 chickens at a poultry farm in western Miyazaki prefecture in a bid to contain an outbreak of bird flu, according to the local government.
ISHWOR K KHAIJU
BHAKTAPUR: At least 1,200 chickens have died of bird flu at a poultry farm in Bode-3 of Madhyapur Thimi in Bhaktapur till Monday noon.
The Animal Health Directorate collected samples of dead chickens from the farm after its owner, Om Bahadur Khadka, reported death of chickens.
Khadka’s poultry farm used to inhabit 2,000 fowls.
It has been confirmed only today that the fowls had died of bird flu.
With confirmation of bird flu, the Animal Health Directorate has declared the area a crisis zone for 90 days and intensified surveillance for the deadly flu strain.
Khadka's farm first recorded fowl deaths on October 11.