AN OUTBREAK of a highly contagious poultry virus has led to the death and precautionary slaughter of 2.8 million chickens in the Indonesian province of West Java, devastating the region's chicken suppliers. This herpes virus sparks the cancer-causing Marek's disease and infected birds have a loss in appetite, are lethargic and have a high body temperature. It does not affect humans. Quarantine measures have now been imposed.

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