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HEALTH workers have killed more than 23,000 chickens and ducks in southeast Nepal after authorities detected the country's first known instance of bird flu, officials said yesterday.

Nepal imposed a ban on poultry imports from India last year after there were several outbreaks there, but chickens are still smuggled over the border. There have been no reports of humans affected, said Harihar Dahal, Ministry of Agriculture spokesman. Chickens near the town of Kakadbhitta, 400 kilometers south of Katmandu, tested positive earlier this month for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.


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