Parsa on high alert as bird flu spreads across India

File: Birgunj border point

Birgunj, January 13

Concerned officials in Parsa district of southern Nepal have said they are on high alert to stop bird flu from spreading to Nepal as various parts of neighbouring India are battling the outbreak.

Parsa shares 107 km of an open border with India. Because the district has Birgunj, a busy bordering city from where hundreds of people and vehicles travel to Raxaul across the border, the officials say they have maintained additional security measures.

Chief District Officer Asman Tamang says import and export of poultry and other related products such as their meat and eggs have been suspended for now.

“We have arranged veterinarians, and Nepal Police and Armed Police Force personnel for monitoring,” Tamang says, “We have directed them to confiscate anything they bring from the other side of the border.”

Meanwhile, a meeting of the stakeholders in the district has decided to launch a public awareness campaign about the outbreak. Local media have also been mobilised for the drive.

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