H5N1 outbreak in Telangana
government has started culling chickens after an outbreak of bird flu was confirmed in Ranga Reddy district on the outskirts of Hyderabad. According to unconfirmed reports, as many as 300,000 birds have been culled so far. The government issued a culling order after samples taken from Thoroor village of Hayatnagar mandal tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus. Samples were tested by High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal and the outbreak was confirmed on April 13. Several teams of Rapid Response Force have been pressed into the culling exercise in Thoroor.