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Nepal’s bird flu outbreak intensifies

Nepal’s government has ordered the culling of half a million chickens in an effort to control a major bird flu outbreak on the outskirts of the Nation’s capital, Kathmandu.

Tens of thousands of birds have already been killed in what has been described as one of the worst outbreaks of avian flu that the Nation has experienced, The Australian reports.

The decision to cull up to half a million birds follows a government imposed week long ban on the sale of poultry products according to official at the Napalese Directorate of Animal Health.

“We could not control it (the outbreak) because the supply of poultry products continued despite the ban," said Directorate of Animal Health spokesman, Narayan Ghimire.

"Now, the poultry farmers have joined us in our battle. We are sure we will control it," he said.

So far, 62 cases of bird flu have been confirmed across 250 poultry farms in the Nation, however no human deaths from bird flu has been reported.

 

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