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    London tests confirm avian flu in Pokhara

    Last Updated : 2010-02-04 12:12 AM

    Bharat Koirala/Rajesh Barma


    POKHARA/ kATHMANDU: Detection of bird flu in Pokhara has spread panic in the Lake City. Ministry for Agriculture and Cooperatives, in a press meet held in Kathmandu today, stated that ducks and chickens were dying in Pokhara due to bird flu and a high alert has been sounded in Pokhara and the surrounding areas.

    Dr Prakashraj Shrestha, head of District Veterinary Office, Kaski, said the samples of the dead ducks and chickens collected from the poultry farm of Gyan Bahadur Khadka in Ghoripatan were tested preliminarily in Pokhara on January 26.

    They had to be sent to London as there were no facilities for such tests in Kathmandu. Spokesperson for the ministry, Dr Hari Dahal, stated that the preliminary report of the tests showed that the ducks and chickens had died due to bird flu (H5N1 virus). Dr Dahal said the Rapid Response Team had begun its task to curb the spread of the disease in the affected area. Claiming that the flu would be controlled within seven days,

    Dr Dahal added that there are nearly 10,000 birds in Ghoripatan, Pokhara. District Veterinary Office, Kaski, has urged the locals of Ghopripatan area not to consume the meat of dead birds and to bury them properly. The office has also been spraying medicine in the affected areas.

    Kaski CDO and chairman of Bird Flu Control Committee Shambhu Koirala said the meeting held today was attended by all the stakeholders and he had directed them to adopt proper methods to curb the disease. He added that the police had already stopped the movement of birds in and out of Pokhara and security personnel had been deployed on major highways and roads connecting Pokhara with other parts of the nation.

    Many migratory birds come to Pokhara, increasing the threat of bird flu. District Veterinary Office has assured the poultry entrepreneurs that the disease can be prevented if proper measures are adopted.

    http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/ful...&NewsID=225697
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    Nepal: bird flu confirmed in poultry

    London tests confirm avian flu in Pokhara

    Last Updated : 2010-02-04

    Bharat Koirala/Rajesh Barma

    POKHARA/ kATHMANDU: Detection of bird flu in Pokhara has spread panic in the Lake City. Ministry for Agriculture and Cooperatives, in a press meet held in Kathmandu today,

    stated that ducks and chickens were dying in Pokhara due to bird flu and a high alert has been sounded in Pokhara and the surrounding areas.

    Dr Prakashraj Shrestha, head of District Veterinary Office, Kaski, said the samples of the dead ducks and chickens collected from the poultry farm of Gyan Bahadur Khadka in Ghoripatan were tested preliminarily in Pokhara on January 26.

    They had to be sent to London as there were no facilities for such tests in Kathmandu. Spokesperson for the ministry, Dr Hari Dahal, stated that the preliminary report of the tests showed that the ducks and chickens had died due to bird flu (H5N1 virus). Dr Dahal said the Rapid Response Team had begun its task to curb the spread of the disease in the affected area. Claiming that the flu would be controlled within seven days,

    Dr Dahal added that there are nearly 10,000 birds in Ghoripatan, Pokhara. District Veterinary Office, Kaski, has urged the locals of Ghopripatan area not to consume the meat of dead birds and to bury them properly. The office has also been spraying medicine in the affected areas.

    Kaski CDO and chairman of Bird Flu Control Committee Shambhu Koirala said the meeting held today was attended by all the stakeholders and he had directed them to adopt proper methods to curb the disease. He added that the police had already stopped the movement of birds in and out of Pokhara and security personnel had been deployed on major highways and roads connecting Pokhara with other parts of the nation.

    Many migratory birds

    come to Pokhara, increasing the threat of bird flu. District Veterinary Office has assured the poultry entrepreneurs that the disease can be prevented if proper measures are adopted.

    http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/ful...&NewsID=225697

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    • #3
      Re: Nepal - London tests confirm avian flu in poultry in Pokhara

      Source: http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/...100314494.html

      Nepal reports outbreak of bird flu
      February 4th, 2010 - 2:11 pm ICT by IANS Tell a Friend -

      Kathmandu, Feb 4 (IANS) Nepal has reported an outbreak of bird flu in the country, a media report said Thursday.

      Six samples collected from a poultry farm in the western district of Pokhara tested positive to the H5N1 virus, Xinhua quoted Hari Dahal of the agriculture and cooperatives ministry as saying.

      The samples were sent to London’s Weybridge Laboratory for confirmation after they tested positive in Nepal, Dahal said Wednesday.

      Health authorities collected the samples after about 100 chicken and 38 ducks in a farm in Ghoripatan died in January.

      Meanwhile, the government has formed a committee headed by Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Mrigendra Kumar Singh Yadav to take steps to control the spread of the disease.

      A cabinet meeting Wednesday decided to send a Rapid Response Team (RRT) to the affected area, some 140 km west of Kathmandu, for close surveillance.

      About 10,000 chicken, ducks and other birds in the area could be killed to prevent the spread of the disease. Dahal said the ministry was planning to ban movement of poultry products to and from the affected area.

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      • #4
        Re: Nepal - London tests confirm avian flu in poultry in Pokhara

        Source: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/in...&news_id=14790

        Gharipatan declared bird flu-hit area


        REPUBLICA
        KATHMANDU, Feb 4: The government on Thursday decided to declare areas within the radius of one kilometer in Gharipatan Area of Pokhara, where bird flu was confirmed on Wednesday, as a ´bird flu affected area´.

        A meeting of a special committee headed by Agriculture Minister Mrigendra Kumar Singh Yadav took the decision to deploy three Rapid Response Teams -- each comprising 10 medical personnel -- to the affected area from Friday, said Dr Hari Dahal, spokesperson for the ministry, told myrepublica.com.

        Dahal also said the government has already imposed ban on movement of poultry products to and from Pokhara to prevent the possible spread of the disease.

        Bird flu outbreak was confirmed in the area by the officials on Wednesday after Weybridge Lab in London tested all six samples collected from a farm their positive for bird flu.



        Published on 2010-02-04 22:17:42

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        • #5
          Re: Nepal - London tests confirm avian flu in poultry in Pokhara

          Flu-weary Kaski begins massive culling

          KANTIPUR REPORT


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          POKHARA, FEB 05 -

          The government has swung into action to control bird flu in Pokhara after reports that more than 200 chickens belonging to Gyan Bahadur Khadka of Gharipatan, Pokhara Municipality-7, Kaski, died of the fatal flu recently.

          It has declared a bird flu-infected zone and plans to undertake massive culling in the zone, which, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative (MoAC) estimates, has targeted around 10,000 chickens.�


          The infected zone borders the Seti River in the East, Pokhara airport in the west, southern parts of the Prithvi Highway in the North and the Shangrila chowk in the South with Khadka’s house as the centre point.� “We will start culling in the infected zone on Friday and wrap up the operation within 5-7 days,” said Hari Dahal, spokesman for the MoAC.

          The government will provide some compensation to poultry farmers for the loss of birds. The compensation will be Rs. 500 per hen meant for parental stock layer (egg production). Each broiler chicken meant to lay eggs will fetch the farmer Rs. 250, while chickens meant for meat will fetch Rs. 100 per kg.

          For each egg destroyed, the government will pay 50 paisa. The farmers will get Rs. 5 for each kg of poultry feed. For every kg of meat destroyed, the farmers will get Rs. 50. The government, according to Dahal, has already mobilised three rapid response teams and a medical team in the area for culling, apart from forming a bird flu prevention committee under Kaski chief district officer.


          http://www.ekantipur.com/2010/02/05/...ulling/307779/
          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela

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          • #6
            Re: Nepal - London tests confirm avian flu in poultry in Pokhara

            Authorities kill birds despite resistance from locals

            Last Updated : 2010-02-06 10:44 PM


            Bharat Koirala

            POKHARA: Authorities have started killing fowls in the lake city despite obstruction from the local residents.

            People residing near Tutunga in Pokhara-15 did not let affected birds be buried in a pit dug there arguing that the move would spread bird flu in the area. Tutunga local Prem Pariyar said water from the pit could contaminate sources.

            The pit was dug amid security presence but the locals have created hurdles on the access road. The authorities, however, have not given up. A Rapid Response Team has culled 1,781 chickens and ducks in the crisis zone. According to Dr Amar Shah, communication officer, Bird Flu Control Room (BFCR), 529 kg of poultry feed and 82 eggs were also taken under control.

            Some locals were found to be hiding their poultry. Others had already eaten their chickens citing that the government would provide them only Rs 100 as compensation for each bird. The farmers are also not assured of the promised pay since, they said, all birds culled in Jhapa last year were not compensated for.

            “We will immediately provide relief to the farmers with small quantity of poultry whereas those with larger amount will have to wait for a few days,” Shah said, adding that some 12,000 birds would be killed over the next week. Stating that the birds would be safely destroyed, BFCR head Dr Bimal Kumar Nirmal urged the locals to help in the process.

            “The burial will be foolproof. The pit will be two metres deep and disinfectants will be sprayed,” he said. A radius of Gharipatan has been declared a crisis zone, with six posts for security checks.
            http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/ful...&NewsID=226207
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela

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            • #7
              Re: Nepal - London tests confirm avian flu in poultry in Pokhara

              Last Updated : 2010-02-08 1:01 PM

              Himalayan News Service

              Birds’ offering banned

              GORKHA: In a bid to control spread of bird flu, a technical team formed in the district has prohibited offering of pigeons, chickens and ducks at the Manakamana and Gorakhkali Temple. The committee announced barring the offering of these birds to stop possible spread of bird flu. Cases of the flu have been recorded in neighbouring Pokhara recently. The meeting of the committee held at the District Administration Office today made such a decision. Chief District Officer Kamalmani Kafle, who is also the chief of the committee, said that they have decided to check the entry of birds at the Abukhaireni Police Post, Manakamana cable car station and other entry points. Devotees have been offering chickens, ducks and pigeons at the temples.

              http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/ful...&NewsID=226579
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

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              • #8
                Re: Nepal - London tests confirm avian flu in poultry in Pokhara

                11,000 fowls killed in single day

                Last Updated : 2010-02-10 12:51 PM

                Bibhu Bhusal

                POKHARA: In a bid to prevent further spread of bird flu, 11,000 birds, including 9,817 chickens, 379 ducks and 43 pigeons, were killed in Pokhara today.

                According to the Bird Flu Prevention Desk at the District Livestock Office, the government will provide compensation for the killed fowls.

                Dr Amar Shah said a rapid response team had destroyed 37 kilograms of chicken, 1,370 eggs and 1,183 kg of poultry feed in the affected area.

                The official said they were checking whether anybody had hidden their fowls. Clearing cages and spreading pesticides are said to start soon. Dr Shah warned all to stay alert since the dangerous disease had spread over a wider geography. There has, however, been no human casualty so far in the region. The symptoms of a bird flu infection are difficulty in respiration, headache, burning sensation in the throat and high fever.

                Meanwhile, Western Regional Hospital (WRH) in Pokhara is prepared to treat patients in case of a bird flu outbreak among humans. Dr Ashok Chaurasiya, director, WRH, said the health facility was capable of tackling the dangerous disease.

                Butchers in the area said consumers of poultry products had not decreased significantly in number in Gharipatan despite its declaration as an avian-flu affected zone. Per kg price of chicken however fell Rs 100 to 230 a week after the news of the outbreak.

                According to entrepreneurs, about 8,000 birds are consumed in Pokhara daily. An estimated Rs 150 million has been invested in poultry farming in Pokhara.

                http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/ful...&NewsID=226949
                "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                -Nelson Mandela

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                • #9
                  Re: Nepal - London tests confirm avian flu in poultry in Pokhara

                  Pokhara is bird flu free now: Govt

                  KATHMANDU, FEB 12 -

                  The government has claimed that the recent bird flu outbreak in Pokhara has been controlled. It is preparing to officially declare the popular tourist destination free of the disease, according to a government official.

                  On Feb. 4, the government had declared the outbreak of avian influenza (H5N1) on the basis of a lab test conducted on about 100 chickens and 38 ducks--belonging to Gyan Bahadur Khadka of Gariapatan--in the London-based Weybridge Lab.

                  Subsequently, it had declared a 'bird flu-affected area' within the radius of one kilometre in Gharipatan with Khadka's house as the centrepoint.

                  The government imposed a blanket ban on the movement of poultry products to and from Pokhara, and over 10,500 ducks and chickens were culled and poultry products were destroyed in the area.

                  A committee under Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives Mrigendra Kumar Singh Yadav was formed to take measures to control the virus spread. Also, a Rapid Response Team was deployed to the affected area and the area was put under close surveillance.

                  http://www.ekantipur.com/2010/02/12/...w-Govt/308255/
                  "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                  -Nelson Mandela

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                  • #10
                    Re: Nepal - London tests confirm avian flu in poultry in Pokhara - Bird flu under control

                    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100&#37;" align=center border=0><TBODY><TR><TD height=25>Bird flu under control </TD></TR><TR><TD>


                    </TD></TR><TR><TD height=5></TD></TR><TR><TD bgColor=#d4d4d4 height=1></TD></TR><TR><TD></TD></TR><TR><TR><TD class=ash11>By Our Correspondent

                    Pokhara, Feb. 25

                    After bird flu detected in Pokhara for the past few weeks came into control, the Animal Veterinary Department Bird Flu Control Section Kaski organized a chicken festival on Wednesday.

                    In order to declare Pokhara free from bird flu, Bajra Kishor Shah, secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, inaugurated the festival by eating chicken meat.

                    The programme was organised at the office premises in Ramghat. At the programme, different dishes made from chicken were presented. The programme was organised to announce that bird flu was in control and also due to the decrease in the sale and distribution of chicken in Pokhara.

                    Dr. Amar Shah, speaker of disease control room, said that the control room established to control the disease would be removed. If the disease is not witnessed until 2 April, then the declaration would be made that Kaski district was free from bird flu, he added.

                    Speaking at the programme, Secretary Shah said that it would not be possible to control bird flu on time without the support from all sectors.

                    After bird flu was detected on 3 February in Gharipatan, Pokhara, the place and the surrounding areas were declared as crisis regions and the campaign to kill the birds and get rid of other products was launched.

                    About 11,129 birds have been culled till date. Out of these birds, 491 were ducks, 102 were pigeons. 2,739 were local chickens, 7,606 were broiler chickens and 190 layers chickens. Also, 144 kg chicken meat, 1902 eggs and 1516 kg of grains were disposed off. As compensation to such disposals, the ministry provided Rs. 11, 28,000 to the people.




                    Last edited by Pathfinder; February 25th, 2010, 09:21 PM. Reason: Spacing
                    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                    -Nelson Mandela

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                    • #11
                      Re: Nepal - Avian flu in poultry spreading

                      Source: http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/ful...&NewsID=230633

                      Govt keeping public in dark
                      Last Updated : 2010-03-01 12:51 PM

                      Tika R Pradhan

                      KATHMANDU: Bird flu has spread in several parts of the country but the government has not revealed the truth except H5N1 outbreak at Gharipatan in Pokhara.

                      Public health specialists and vets have been accusing the government of playing with the lives of the public and private vets in the field. They also expressed fear that the disease has gone out of government’s control.

                      Department of Livestock Services has claimed that among the samples coming from several places, the samples of Kohalpur Ward No 4 and Fultekara Ward No 7 of Banke district, Budhabare Ward No 7 of Jhapa district and Chainpur Ward No 8 of Chitwan districts were found H5N1 positive. Even the authorities concerned have admitted that the Gharipatan was not yet avian influenza free zone.

                      Director General of DLS Pravakar Pathak had informed about the outbreak and its potential to spread to other places to the National Avian Influenza Control Committee recently. But the government has not declared the outbreak at these places.

                      Experts claimed that

                      the local associations of the poultry entrepreneurs had been compensating the victim farmers to

                      check the spread of panic and help them tide over business loss.

                      General secretary of Nepal Veterinarians Association Dr Subir Singh said the government had not only played with the lives of the public but also with the lives of vets by not informing about the bird flu outbreak. “They have not informed the private vets who have been working in the field yet,” he said, adding, “We are also under serious threat.”

                      He urged the government to be transparent on such a serious issue that directly concerned the public health.

                      Dr Singh claimed that the bird flu control programme and the strategy of the government had failed, as bird flu outbreak had been reported in several parts of the country despite efforts to bring the disease under control.

                      “Everyone will support the government if they begin controlling the disease by declaring the outbreak,” he added. Singh also said local poultry entrepreneurs had been compensating the local farmers for their loss, which is twice as much as the government provides to the farmers, as they feared their business would collapse.

                      DLS sent Dr Nar Bahadur Rajwar, Dr Ram Krishna Khatiwada and Dr Keshav Premi to Chainpur of Chitwan on February 20, Dr Kedar Karki to Nepalgunj on February 22 and Dr Bijay Kant Jha and Dr Purnima Manandhar to Dudhrakshya of Rupandehi on February 25.

                      Director General of DLS Pathak, however, declined to comment.

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