Bird flu detected in Pokhara

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

The avian-flu virus has been detected in the sample taken from ducks raised by local resident Mina Pariyar, confirmed the Central Veterinary Laboratory.

Following the incident, the area covering 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 incident area to the south 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 will come into effect from Saturday till 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.

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

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