Chickens at three more poultry farms in the district have been found to be infected with bird flu (H5N1) virus.
Bird flu was found in the chickens at the GJ Poultry Farm at Nakhel -2, at a poultry farm owned by one Bimal Dhimasu at Lakulachhe in Bhaktapur Municipality and at the poultry farm owned by Krishna Ram Chhushyabaga at Bageshwari VDC in the district, the District Livestock Service Office, Bhaktapur stated.
The birds at these farms have been culled at the instructions of the Chief District Officer Himnath Dawadi after the veterinary laboratory at Tripureshwar confirmed bird flu infection at these three farms on Tuesday evening.
A team of veterinarians killed 5,220 chickens and destroyed 850 kilogrammes of feed at these farms on Tuesday night (August 30).
The District Veterinary Office of Chitwan has banned the import of chicken after the birds brought from poultries in the capital started dying from avian influenza.
The veterinary office has beefed up the surveillance and also restricted the export of the poultry products. The meat shops of Chitwan have been selling chickens and poultry products brought mainly from Kathmandu through Thankot-Pokhara route on a regularly basis.