Bird flu detected in Pokhara

Bird flu has been detected at Khalte in Pokhara, said the Kaski District Livestock Services Office (DLSO).

Avian-flu virus was detected in the sample taken from ducks raised by local resident, Mina Pariyar, confirmed the Central Veterinary Laboratory.

Following the report, the area surrounding the spot where the virus was detected has been declared emergency zone by the meeting of the District Natural Disaster Relief Committee held on Saturday under the chairmanship of Chief District Officer Hari Prasad Mainali.

The emergency zone covers Khahare Khola to the east, Bhagawati Marga to the west, Khaltemasina Pitched Road to the north and the area within the perimeter of up to 500 meters of the area to the south.

The emergency will come into effect from Saturday lasting for 42 days.

The meeting has also banned the sale of poultry products within the affected area and urged meat traders and poultry farmers to keep high alert.

256 chickens and 41 ducks raised by 24 households within the emergency zone have been culled while 67 kilograms of poultry feeds have been destroyed, said vet at the DLSO Dr Thagendra Prasad Aryal. RSS