High-Path Bird Flu Outbreaks in Nepal Affect Broilers and Layers

by 5m Editor
24 September 2013, at 12:10am

NEPAL - The Nepalese veterinary authorities have reported 43 new outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza at various poultry farms across Bagmati, Lumbini and Janakpur and starting within just two weeks between 26 July and 9 August.

The World Organisation for Animal Health received follow-up report no. 12 on Saturday, 21 September 2013. According to the report, the affected population comprises broilers and layers, and the causal agent was found to be the HPAI virus, serotype H5N1.

The report states that a total of 349,839 birds showed signs of susceptibility, out of which 55,628 cases and deaths were reported. The remaining 294,211 birds were destroyed.

According to the OIE, the birds showed respiratory distress, nervous signs and all affected birds died. Cleaning and disinfection activities in the infected premises are completed.

Intensive surveillance activities are ongoing throughout the country.

The source of the outbreaks has still not been determined.

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