Infectious Diseases 2009

Infectious Diseases 2009

UK: Avian Influenza at Matthews farms

Avian Influenza outbreak in Suffolk & Norfolk 26 February, 2009

Twenty thousands turkeys have been isolated on two Bernard Matthews breeding farms in East Anglia following an outbreak of a low-pathogenic H6N1 avian influenza virus.
Tests carried out by Government vets confirmed that the virus had been detected in birds at sites in Ubbeston, Suffolk, and Yaxham, Norfolk.
The two breeder farms, at Yaxham, near Dereham, and Ubbeston, near Halesworth, have been put under movement restrictions.

Two years ago the Bernard Matthews farms and factory at Holton, Suffolk, was at the centre of a H5N1 avian influenza alert when 160,000 turkeys had to be culled.

The strain was almost an identical match to an outbreak in poultry in Hungary though the precise route for transmission of infection has never been proven.