Lack of extra hands to cull infected chickens has hit hard blanket slaughtering of fowls in the bird flu emergency areas inside the Capital following a fresh outbreak of the deadly H5N1 in new areas.
A few new places, apart from the bird flu emergency zone inside Kathmandu district, have been seeing new cases of bird flu outbreaks, preventing the authorities from carrying out blanket slaughtering in the emergency areas.
On Thursday, bird flu was confirmed at two poultry farms of Bhadrabas and Sankhu, while an outbreak was reported in some farms at Sundarijal, Nayapati and Gokarna, among others.
Out of the total five teams, at least two are sent to the new areas where a fresh outbreak is reported and the remaining teams are finding it tough carrying out blanket slaughtering inside the emergency zone. Some areas of Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Kirtipur Municipality were declared bird flu emergency on August 17.
The VDCs[village development committees] include Gothatar, Mulpani, Macchegaun, Chalnakhel, Thankot, Matatirtha, Satungal, Mahadevsthan, Dahachowk, Bed Bhanjyang and Purano Naikap, while the metro areas include Ward No 35 at Pepsicola and the eastern part of Kirtipur was also declared emergency zone.
“Since the outbreaks are seen in different parts in a small scale, we are yet to decide whether the whole district has to be declared a bird flu emergency zone,” said Dr Bolraj Acharya, chief of the Kathmandu Veterinary Office.