Nepal's first outbreak of bird flu was in January 2009. In the past few weeks, 62 cases of bird flu have been recorded at 250 poultry farms in three districts, said officials at the Directorate of Animal Health. They added the government ordered the cull to be accelerated after failing to control the H5N1 virus after imposing a week-long ban on poultry-product sales.
Between 2003 until July 5 of 2013, H5N1, which is a common strain of bird flu, has killed 377 people globally, according to the World Health Organization. No human deaths from bird flu have been reported in Nepal.