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Over 900k chickens culled in Nepal to contain H5N1 outbreak
Publication Date : 21-08-2013
The Nepal government slaughtered nearly one million fowls in the last one month since the first breakout of bird flu in Kathmandu. Authorities confirmed that the H5N1 virus was detected in 86 poultry farms in the country.
According to government figures, a total of 971,756 chickens were culled, while over 1 million eggs and 72,751 kilogrammes of chicken feed were destroyed in the same period.
The Nepal Department of Livestock Services said the authorities also slaughtered chickens that were being transported to markets for sale from "emergency zones" where the outbreak was detected.
On August 14, the Nepalese government had declared the Bhaktapur region a "bird flu emergency zone", following which the government sealed poultry farms and started a blanket culling in farms west of the Manohara river, including Mulpani, Gothatar and Pepsicola, as well as in jungle areas near the Kavre district in the east and the areas demarcated by the Nagarkot jungle in the north and Nangkhel Gundu hill in the south.
Other parts of Kathmandu were declared as "emergency zones" on August 16. Similarly, this was followed by a widespread culling of chickens in 11 Village Development Committee areas, central Kathmandu and the Kirtipur municipality.
Bird flu control campaign spokesperson Dr Pradip Chandra Bhattarai said that the government owed farmers approximately 48.9 million Nepali rupees (US$484,207) as compensation for a previous widespread culling of chickens in the first half of the year.
"However, the government has run out of funds to compensate for the culling this time around. We have requested for the finance ministry to release more funds," said Bhattarai, adding that 172 cases of bird flu have been reported in the country since the first outbreak in 2009 in Khapa.
So far no human deaths due to bird flu have been reported in the country.