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New H5N1 Outbreak Reported in Central Nepal

28 December 2012

NEPAL - Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), probably of the H5N1 subtype, has broken out in farmed broilers in the region of Bagmati.

The veterinary authority sent Follow Up Report No.2 dated 24 December to the World Organisation for Animal Health

The report describes one new outbreak of HPAI at a commercial farm with 42-day-old broiler chickens reared in a closed farm premises in the region of Bagmati in central Nepal, starting on 13 December. Of the 3,000-bird flock, all but 150 broilers died and they were subsequently destroyed.

According to the report, the birds showed swollen head with respiratory distress and started to die. High morbidity and mortality were recorded in the affected farm. All remaining birds, poultry product and poultry production materials were destroyed and disposed as per the standard operating procedure. Cleaning and disinfection activities are being continued. Intensive surveillance activities are ongoing throughout the country. The neuraminidase type is not yet known.

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