A preliminary report of the Central Animal Disease Investigation Laboratory on Tuesday confirmed that the water reservoir near the bird-flu site in Bode-3, Bhaktapur, has not been contaminated with the avian influenza virus.
The laboratory tested water samples for possible infection as the reservoir is close to a poultry farm where bird flu was confirmed.
Dr Narayan Prasad Ghimire, coordinator of the experts' team deployed at the site, said the report shows that the water is fit for consumption.
Seven hundred and eighty chickens were slaughtered and 155 crates of eggs and over 50kg poultry feed destroyed at the farm in Madhyapur Thimi on Monday following a bird flu (H5N1) outbreak.
The Central Veterinary Laboratory in Tripureshwor on October 12 confirmed the presence of the virus in the farm owned by Om Bahadur Khadka.
Meanwhile, the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited has collected water samples for test. KUKL spokesman Suresh Raj Acharya said the report will be available on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the expert's team continued with the disinfection of the farm. "Although fowls at a nearby poultry farm showed no sign of bird-flu, we found two dead chickens. Samples have been sent for examination," said Dr Ghimire.
A team from the Department of Health Services has administered the Tamiflu drug to 12 people. An information session was also organised for the local people. No symptoms of influenza have been seen in local residents, said Kumar Dahal, a DoHS official, adding that there is no need for panic.