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Indonesia capital holds bird flu cull

Thousands of chickens, ducks and pigeons were slaughtered in Jakarta as the Indonesian capital geared up for a ban on backyard fowl as part of the fight against bird flu. As of February 1, all backyard poultry found in residential areas of the city will be killed without compensation — but owners will get 12,500 rupiah (1.4 dollars) for those slaughtered before then. A total of 80 Indonesians have been confirmed to have been infected with the H5N1 virus that causes bird flu and 62 have since died, the largest number of fatalities from the disease in any country so far. Full Story

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