Bird flu detected in Bhaktapur

Bird flu has been detected in a poultry farm in Bhaktapur district.

Following the discovery at the Utkrista Multipurpose Agriculture Farm at Tarkhagal of Dadhikot in Suryabinayak municipality, 2,985 chickens and 150 kilograms poultry feeds were destroyed in the presence of the police, said vet Dr Chandra Dhakal of the Livestock Service Expert Center.

A team led by Narayan Bahadur Shrestha, senior officer of the Livestock Development Committee, reached the farm and destroyed the chicken, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Himalaya Kumar Shrestha.

Meanwhile, following the detection of the avian influenza, poultry farmers in the area have buried dead chickens and sold live ones in the market overnight in a bid to avoid loss, complained the locals.

In response, the district administration office has urged the farmers not to resort to such activities, while urging the local people to remain alert.

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