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Bird Flu Ban on Poultry Trade Lifted in E Nepal

by 5m Editor
8 June 2009, at 6:32a.m.

NEPAL - The government has lifted its ban on poultry trade in eastern Nepal, following a previous outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Government has lifted over three month-long ban on manufacturing and trading of poultry products in Mechi Municipality of eastern Nepal, bordering India, where the first case of bird flu was detected, officials said.

India's Business Standard reports that a cabinet meeting on 5 June took the decision after two surveillance teams, comprising experts and technicians, found no sign of the avian influenza within the radius of 10 kilometres of the Mechi customs office, which was the central point of bird flu.

"Now the ban on trading of the poultry product within the country has been lifted," said Hari Dahal, spokesperson of the Ministry of Agriculture.

However, he added that the ban on imports of poultry products from India has not been lifted. The ban will remain as a precautionary measures, he said.

The authorities culled around 2,500 birds and destroyed thousands of eggs in the municipality after the first bird flu was detected in mid-January.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.