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UPDATED: 18:41, August 15, 2005
Nepal takes precautions to check bird flu threat
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The Nepali government has set up a committee and directed the regional health directorate to take precautions to control any outbreak of bird flu, the director of Epidemiology and Disease Control Center (EDCD) of Nepal said.

"The precautions have been taken against the threat of avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu," Mahendra Bahadur Bista, director at the EDCD, told reporters Monday.

Bista noted that bird flu may spread in Nepal and "The Health Ministry of Nepal has strengthened surveillance and awareness- creation measures and is also organizing advocacy programs regarding the infection."

"We will formulate guidelines as recommended by the World Health Organization very soon," Bista added.

The Central Level Task Force Committee comprises representatives from the Ministry of Health and Population, the Department of Health Services, EDCD, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Livestock Service Department and the Animal Health Directorate.

The committee has directed all regional health directorate to inform the District Livestock Service Office immediately if any chicken is reported to have died of unknown causes, Bista revealed.

"Since avian influenza is mainly caused due to imported birds and also migratory ones, there is a need for strict surveillance," Bista said.

Source: Xinhua

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