The Guardian reports that poultry at two Bernard Matthews farms have tested positive for avian influenza. However the strain is different to the H5N1 strain that led to the cull of 152,000 birds in 2007. According to Defra, the strain on this occasion is believed to be H6N1.
The Guardian states that tests were carried out by government vets and these tests confirmed the virus in birds at farms in Ubbeston, Suffolk, and Yaxham, Norfolk. "Bernard Matthews Farms can confirm that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have undertaken tests for avian influenza on two of its small breeder farms, following notification from the company of an unusual drop in egg production levels," a company spokesman said. The government has imposed movement restrictions around the farms but has not advised a cull.