Nepal hit by swine flu outbreak

Nepal hit by swine flu outbreakKathmandu, Oct 3 (IANS) A strain of the swine flu virus -- Pandemic influenza A (H1N1) pdm9 -- has been detected in Kathmandu and three other districts outside the Nepal capital, doctors said Wednesday.

Physicians at the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital here confirmed the outbreak after it was detected in blood samples collected in Kathmandu, Chitwan, Sindhuli and Khotang districts, Xinhua reported.

Prior to this, the virus had hit Nepal in 2009.

Nepal marks World Population Day

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In its efforts to meet the fifth Millennium Development Goal ( MDG), improving maternal health, the government has adopted and identified nine components in the National Reproductive Strategy 2008.

Anti-drug campaign launched in Nepal

Anti-drug campaign launched in NepalKathmandu, June 7 : Nepal police has launched a nationwide anti-drugs campaign in collaboration with a non- governmental organization, NARCONON, to fight against illegal use of drugs to grassroot level across the country.

Nepal Police is collaborating with NARCONON Nepal, hoping to mobilize some 60,000 people in the anti-drug awareness campaign within six months, according to Thursday''s Republica report.

Over 300 chickens culled in Nepal farm

Over 300 chickens culled in Nepal farmKathmandu, March 22 : About 350 chickens have been culled in a farm in Nepal following confirmation of an outbreak of bird flu.

Bal Krishna Bhusal, chief of the district public health office, told Xinhua that health officials have disinfected the farm in Bhainsepati of Lalitpur district.

They have also conducted medical tests on people living in the area.

Nepal ignores India's cancer concerns over betel nut

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Indian doctor censures Nepal ex-crown prince's lifestyle

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Nepal reports outbreak of bird flu

Kathmandu, Feb 4 - Nepal has reported an outbreak of bird flu in the country, a media report said Thursday.

Six samples collected from a poultry farm in the western district of Pokhara tested positive to the H5N1 virus, Xinhua quoted Hari Dahal of the agriculture and cooperatives ministry as saying.

The samples were sent to London's Weybridge Laboratory for confirmation after they tested positive in Nepal, Dahal said Wednesday.

Health authorities collected the samples after about 100 chicken and 38 ducks in a farm in Ghoripatan died in January.

Nepal records its first swine flu deaths

Kathmandu, Dec 28 - Six months after the first swine flu cases were reported in Nepal, the pandemic has claimed its first victims in the country, with two people succumbing to the virus.

Nepal's state media Monday reported the death of a 30-year-old woman at Bir Hospital, Nepal's oldest hospital, due to the influenza she contracted while undergoing treatment for renal failure.

The patient, whose identity has not been revealed due to requests from her family, came from Bhaktapur town and had been admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital 19 days ago, doctors said.

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