New bird flu outbreak concern

AS Suffolk's bird flu chaos starts to ease, a new outbreak of the disease may have been discovered in North Wales today.Just three months after the Bernard Matthews factory in Holton ground to a halt when the HN51 strain of the disease was found, tests are today being carried out on dead birds on a country estate in rural Denbighshire.

AS Suffolk's bird flu chaos starts to ease, a new outbreak of the disease may have been discovered in North Wales today.

Just three months after the Bernard Matthews factory in Holton ground to a halt when the HN51 strain of the disease was found, tests are today being carried out on dead birds on a country estate in rural Denbighshire.

Deliveries to the unnamed country estate were being turned away and a Welsh Assembly Government spokeswoman said: “We are investigating a notifiable disease in birds at a location in north Wales.

“Reports are not confirmed and tests are ongoing.”

The Bernard Matthews Company based in Holton, north Suffolk received £600,000 in government compensation after its Suffolk based turkey farms suffered an outbreak of bird flu in February.

More than 160,000 turkeys were slaughtered at the site earlier this year after a highly virulent strain of avian influenza was discovered there.

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Movement around much of the countryside from Holton to the surrounding areas of Ipswich was restricted in a bid to contain the spread of the disease.

The poultry giant was forced to lay off 270 workers after the outbreak but has been gradually taking back employees since the middle of April.

Restrictions on the movement of poultry were eventually lifted in March.

n. Are you concerned by news of another bird flu outbreak? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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