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Bird flu reported in Kathmandu for first time in 3 years

Source:Xinhua Published: 2012-12-25 11:59:03

Bird flu was reported in Nepali capital Kathmandu for the first time in three years, since the disease appeared in Nepal in 2009, officials said Tuesday.

Manjushree Poultry Farm, a hatchery in suburb Ramkot-6 has been identified as a bird-flu affected farm, Kantipur daily reported, quoting the Ministry of Agriculture officials as saying.

A team of the Ministry is preparing to visit the site Tuesday afternoon to inspect and take measures to prevent the spread of the aviation influenza.

Bird flu has already been reported in the suburbs of Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts which are in the same mountainous valley where Kathmandu, too, is located.

"Bird flu is more dangerous to people who work in the poultry farm than to those who consume chicken," said Dr. G. D. Thakur, Director with the Epidemiology and Disease Control Unit under the Ministry of Health.

Nepal shares a porous border with India and it is believed that bird flu has been transmitted to the country through India via Kakarvitta border in the eastern plains.Bird flu was first reported in Saranamati of Jhapa district that is adjacent to West Bengal and Bihar states of India.
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