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Prayer for bird-flu ‘courage’

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08 February 2007

by Rachel Harden

Fighting the virus: workers in protective clothing clean up at the turkey farm in Holton, Suffolk, where avian flu has broken out EMPICS

Fighting the virus: workers in protective clothing clean up at the turkey farm in Holton, Suffolk, where avian flu has broken out EMPICS

PRAYERS are being said across Suffolk for those affected by the avian-flu outbreak in the county.

Congregations in the Halesworth Team Ministry parishes, where the outbreak was discovered at the Bernard Matthews turkey plant in Holton, near Lowestoft, prayed last Sunday for neighbouring poultry farmers and all others involved.

On Tuesday, the diocesan communications officer, Nick Clarke, said of the outbreak: “Of course, it has a much bigger effect than on just those directly affected, as there are a number of poultry farms in the wider restricted area.”

The agricultural chaplain, Canon Sally Ogden, has written a special prayer for “calmness and hope”. Copies have been sent to all the diocesan clergy, and it is posted on the diocesan website.

In part, it says: “we pray for all those who have poultry flocks and are anxious at this time. We bring to you those who must lose thousands of birds, and those who have to carry out the slaughter.” The prayer asks for courage for those in the restriction zone, and also refers to the Ministry veterinary team.

An estimated 159,000 turkeys on the farm were culled earlier in the week, the Government said.

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