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1,000 birds die in central Nepal

world Updated: Jan 28, 2009 16:19 IST
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More than 1,000 chickens have died from a mysterious disease in a Nepalese village with symptoms like swollen throat, as the government is trying to dispel fears about the spread of bird-flu in the area.

The incident took place at Sindhuli district in central Nepal causing panic in the area, according to the National News Agency, RSS.

The chickens died with "swollen throat and accumulation of water," something not seen before.

The news report about the death of chickens comes at a time when Avian flu has caught the eastern Nepal's Mechinag Municipality last week.

The chickens died from the mysterious disease, that has spread for the past few days, said a local.

Some 75 chickens had died in a house alone. The disease is not identified and the whole village which is about 50 km southeast of Kathmandu, is panicked.

Technical team from the District Livestock Office has not reached so far, whereas technician of the office, Tika Shrestha said the outbreak was due to lack of medicines.

Nepalese authorities have culled at least 24,000 birds in eastern Nepal.

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