Second worker tested for bird flu

A Bernard Matthews worker from Suffolk is today being tested for possible bird flu.The Health Protection Agency said a worker employed at firms turkey firm in Holton is being monitored for signs of the disease after reporting respiratory problems.

A Bernard Matthews worker from Suffolk is today being tested for possible bird flu.

The Health Protection Agency said a worker employed at firms turkey firm in Holton, where bird flu was confirmed on Thursday, is being monitored for signs of the disease after reporting respiratory problems.

Officials said the worker was undergoing hospital tests for the H5N1 virus, but stressed they were precautionary measure.

“We do not expect any workers to test positive for avian flu,” said a spokesman.


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“We do however expect to see a number of workers with symptoms over the coming weeks. This is the time of year when we see an increase in these infections and we will carry out tests as a precaution.”

It is the second time in two days that doctors have carried out tests on people working at the farm.

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Earlier today the agency said a vet had tested negative for the virus after complaining of a mild respiratory illness.

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