Bird flu found at Bernard Matthews farm in Suffolk
- 17 April 2013
- From the section Suffolk
Restrictions are in place at a Suffolk poultry farm after a bird flu outbreak.
Tests are being carried out after signs of the disease were spotted at a Bernard Matthews farm, at Ubbeston, near Halesworth.
Bird flu has been detected, but Defra said initial tests were negative for the H5 and H7 strains, which are a potential threat to humans.
Restrictions on movement are in place at the farm and further tests are due to take place.
A Defra spokesman said: "We are awaiting further laboratory test results from an ongoing investigation into suspect avian disease at a premises in the South East.
"The premises remains under restriction pending further results. Public Health England are aware and are ready to take the necessary action pending further test results."
A company spokesman said: "Bernard Matthews can confirm that Defra have undertaken tests for avian influenza on one of its farms following notification by the company after some birds showed signs of ill health over the weekend.
"The tests have detected the presence of an avian influenza virus, but Defra have confirmed it is not the highly pathogenic types H5 or H7.
"As a precaution, the farm remains currently under movement restrictions but these are expected to be lifted in the next few days.
"Bernard Matthews' other operations continue to run as normal."