DHULIKHEL: Bird flu has been confirmed in Kavre villages. According to District Livestock Office, the H5N1 virus has spread to the villages from Kavre’s Nasikasthan, Sanga, Ugratara Jangal, Mahendrajyoti, Dhulikhel, and Panauti. Samples from the poultry farms belonging to Sudarshan Ghimire at Patlekhet-4 and Niranjan Dahal at Ugrachandi Nala VDC-6 had tested positive for bird flu on Friday, the livestock office informed. Dr Hari Kumar Raghu Shrestha said both Ghimire and Dahal’s farms have 700 fowls each.
The DLO plans to cull fowls in both farms from Sunday. The avian influenza is suspected to have broken out in the villages after farmers brought the flu-infected fowl droppings to use as manure in their fields.