The Government of Nepal has banned the commercial use and sales of chicken related items in Kathmandu and other related district. Following the outbreak of 16 bird flu cases in 17 days since July 16 in Kathmandu, the animal health authorities of Nepal on Thursday declared ban on chicken trade in the Nepali capital for one week.The Kathmandu District Animal Health Office said the government has announced a week-long ban on the supply of poultry products in order to control the H5N1 virus from spreading to humans.
Bird flu (Avian influenza) has been confirmed in several poultry farms in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Some 5,500 infected chickens have died while 4,500 chicken at farm in Sipadol of Bhaktapur were culled recently.
Chairman of the Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi has instructed the ministries and authorities concerned to do all the control the bird flu epidemic in the country on Sunday.
Last year, the authorities culled 131,632 chickens and destroyed 378,350 eggs and 7,515 kg of feed across the country. In the past two weeks, in Kathmandu alone, authorities culled 31,194 chickens and destroyed 28,172 eggs and 7,715 kg of feed.
Bird flu was first reported in Nepal in January 2009 in Jhapa of eastern Terai plains.