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No human bird flu cases detected: Nepal

Nepal government on Monday said that no case of bird flu in humans was reported and neither had the disease spread to its capital.

world Updated: Jan 27, 2009 00:16 IST

Nepal government on Monday said that no case of bird flu in humans was reported and neither had the disease spread to its capital.

Spokesperson at the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Hari Dahal said that no single person has been infected with the bird flu virus, nor has the disease spread in the capital.

Denying media reports that had earlier claimed that a person had fallen ill due to avian flu in eastern Nepal and symptoms of the disease were detected in some birds in Kathmandu, Dahal said, the capital was safe.

He said that few chicken have died in the capital recently, however they did not die due to the avian virus.

"We are carrying out the tests but it has not been confirmed yet as to whether the chicken died of the avian virus", said Dahal.

With the news of bird flu hitting eastern Nepal's Mechinagar Municipality last week, the people of Kathmandu are panicky and consumption of poultry products has almost stopped here.

Director of the BP Koirala Institute of Health Science, Dr BP Das denied the rumours that two persons being treated at the hospital, were infected with the avian virus. He clarified that the patients Santosh Dahal and Hum Bahadur were admitted three days ago for treatment of pneumonia, not bird flu.