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Bird flu at Bernard Matthews farm in Suffolk 'low risk'

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Image caption Bird flu was discovered at Bernard Matthews' Ubbeston farm in April

An outbreak of bird flu at a Suffolk poultry farm posed a "low risk" to the public, Defra has said.

Restrictions on movement were put in place at the Bernard Matthews farm at Ubbeston, near Halesworth, after signs of the disease were spotted last month.

Defra tests found the birds had the H9N2 strain of the disease, which it said posed only a minor risk to humans.

Bernard Matthews said all the affected birds had since recovered and restrictions had been lifted.

Defra had been quick to rule out the potentially fatal H5 and H7 strains of the virus.

"It was a good outcome for the turkeys," a spokesperson said.

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