KATHMANDU, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Nepal's capital Kathmandu has witnessed at least 12 cases of bird flu in the past 13 days since the beginning of its new fiscal year (2013/14) on July 16.
"In the last fiscal year 2012/13, only 23 bird flu cases came to the fore. It is astonishing that 12 cases have been recorded in less than two weeks this year," Dr Bijay Kant Jha, program director at Livestock Services Directorate, told Xinhua.
The areas where bird flu has been detected include Bhaktapur, Mahadevsthan, Kirtipur, Ramkot and Naikap.
The authorities have culled around 6,000 chickens in these areas, while an equal number of chickens have succumbed to bird flu themselves.
"We have also destroyed around 4,000 kg of feed and 8,000 eggs to stop the spread of bird flu," Jha said.
Meanwhile, bird flu has been reported in two farms of Pokhara in west Nepal, the seventh of such incident in the tourist city. Authorities have destroyed hundreds of chickens cautioning locals to maintain cleanliness in their neighborhood.
At the time of bird flu, people are found generally disposing the dead chickens in open areas, posing threat to public health.
"We have been regularly issuing health warning to the public to not dispose infected chicken in open places and instead, bury them safely with our help," Jha added.
Bird flu was first detected in Nepal in 2008. Since then, 102 cases have been officially registered.