India has banned poultry imports from Nepal after Nepal declared one of its districts an emergency area and put another 26 districts on high alert due to an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza.

Over 500 chickens and ducks have already been culled in Nepal, and dozens of eggs and several kilos of poultry feed have been destroyed as part of efforts to contain the outbreak, according to officials. “Though there has been no case of bird flu in the region so far, directives have been received from the authorities to take all necessary precautions," said India district veterinary officer Mohammed Ahmed. "The locals have also been asked not to hunt migratory birds."