Bird flu detected in Morang

KATHMANDU: The cases of bird flu have been confirmed at two locations of Morang, the district in Province 1.

According to the Department of Livestock Services, the detection of avian influenza (H5N1 virus) has been confirmed at Khuniyakatta of Gramthan-1 and Budhiganga-5 through a laboratory test.

Department Officiating Director General Lekhraj Dahal said the lab samples collected from local farms were tested positive for the bird flu on January 30. The test was conducted at the Central Veterinary Laboratory, Tripureshwar through real-time PCR.

According to him, following the detection of the virus, the Department on Sunday promptly mobilized related bodies to destroy domestic fowls and other goods capable of transmitting the virus. The preventive measures were carried out through the mobilization of livestock-related bodies at the federal, provincial and local levels.

The Livestock Development Ministry has urged for the veterinary certificates for the transport of poultry and poultry related goods. Farmers have been requested to take safety measures, to regularly disinfect the farm premises, to be more attentive to other safety measures, not to let the domestic animals come into contact with wild animals, to immediately inform the nearby department of livestock services if any fowl died unnaturally. RSS

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