From the OIE Website:
According to a report in the Times of India, the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N1 has struck the poultry in the Ranga Reddy district of Telengana, about 20 km from Hyderabad. In response to this outbreak a decision to cull 200,000 birds and impose a ban on consumption of poultry products (chicken and eggs) has been placed. Protocols for culling and burial of infected birds are being followed and gunny sacks to dispose of the dead birds being obtained.
The outbreak happened in a rather dramatic fashion after a local veterinarian sounded the alarm when he noticed hundreds of dead birds in a farm.
Previously this HPAI strain was detected in wild crows but this is the first instance of HPAI in poultry in Telangana this year.
The Poultry Med website, in a short post, has announced that avian influenza, of strain H5N1, most likely similar to the strain in circulation in Egypt, has been identified in the Khan Yunis area of Gaza strip.
This is particularly worrisome because in addition to a dense population, this area also has a large amount of unregulated poultry farming industry, present in almost every household. Considering the political environment is also very volatile, it is essential for international aid to support the bid to limit the spread of this rapidly spreading avian influenza.