50,000 chickens culled in Makawanpur bird flu scare

28 March 2019, at 12:00am

NEPAL - In the Makawanpur district of Nepal, authorities have culled more than 50,000 chickens and destroyed 9,015 eggs and 1,463kg of bird feed after the H5N1 virus was detected in poultry farms in the region

The Himalayan Times reports that a sample test confirmed the virus was found in poultry farms in the region. According to Chief District Officer Asman Tamang, officials are only allowing imports of chicks to enter the district after they are cleared by a veterinarian in a bid to prevent further spread.

“The infected chickens at 35 poultry farms were culled in three phases while the officials have spread disinfectants in 82 additional chicken farms,” Dr Sushila Shrestha of Centre for Bird Flu Control and Prevention said. “Moreover, 25 samples have been taken to the National Avian Disease Investigation Laboratory, Bharatpur for tests.”