Via República.com: Bird flu confirmed in two poultry farms.
ITAHARI, Feb 20: Bird flu has been detected in two poultry farms in Itahari of Sunsari district. After confirmation that the chickens in poultry farms run by Tika Bahadur Rai and Hari Bahadur Karki at Itahari -7 had contracted avian influenza (H5N1) virus, a rapid response team culled the fowls and destroyed the eggs.
According to the District Veterinary Office (DVO), a rapid response team led by veterinarian Indra Narayan Sah culled 1,552 chickens from the two farms on Thursday. The Team also destroyed 20 crates of eggs at Rai´s farm. Bird flu was confirmed in these two farms after around 300 chickens in Rai´s farm died mysteriously.
“I had invested over a million in the poultry farm. But the chickens started dying a few days ago. Within a week, all my chickens died,” said Rai. Dr Bodh Raj Parajuli, director at the Regional Veterinary Directorate at Biratnagar, said chickens as well as other birds in the radius of 500 meters from the farm would also be destroyed.
Parajuli also urged poultry farmers to immediately report to the authorities if their chickens demonstrate symptoms of depression, lack of appetite, and a marked increase in mortality.