Nepal steps up poultry cull to combat bird flu
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal's government on Thursday ordered health workers to cull half a million chickens to combat a major bird flu outbreak on the outskirts of the capital Kathmandu.
The orders come after tens of thousands of birds have already been killed in what government officials describe as one of the Himalayan nation's worst outbreaks of avian flu.
Some 62 cases of bird flu have been recorded at 250 poultry farms in three districts in the past few weeks, officials said.
Officials at Directorate of Animal Health said the government ordered the cull to be stepped up in the wake of a failure to control the H5N1 virus after imposing a week-long ban on the sales of poultry products.