The Bahraich district administration has banned import of poultry products from Nepal in the wake of bird flu outbreak in that country.

A six-month ban on import of poultry products from Nepal has been imposed in view of the outbreak of bird flu in the neighbouring country, District Magistrate Ms Pinki Jowal said.

An alert has also been sounded on the Indo-Nepal border, she said, adding that orders have been issued to maintain a vigil in the forest as well as residential areas as a precautionary measure.

Earlier this month, Nepal had issued a high alert against bird flu after receiving confirmed reports of avian influenza in dozens of chickens in Manahara river area of Bhakatapur district in eastern part of Kathmandu valley.

After some 90 birds died over the period of 2-3 days in a poultry farm in Manahara, the Government had conducted tests on the birds which confirmed presence of bird flu. Some 500 birds were killed and dozens of eggs were destroyed after the incident.

(This article was published on December 31, 2011)
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