Nepal Cull Rises to 18,000 as Indian Imports are Banned

22/01/2009 16:06:17

The culling of poultry birds in the east of Nepal has risen to over 18,000 reports say. The government has also now banned the import of any poultry from neighbouring India, where the outbreak is thought to have originated (India currently has culling operations in three states for Avian Influenza).

The measures come as the World Health Organisation (WHO) report that they helped Nepal train health workers for potential bird flu outbreaks last June, and has now provided essential medical supplies for dealing with any human outbreak of the disease. The UN’s FAO (food and agricultural organisation) has also offered aid by helping establish active poultry surveillance at the four transit points bordering India.


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