UK bird flu ‘patient zero’ is distraught after learning he couldn’t keep ducks for a year

UK bird flu ‘patient zero’ is distraught after being told he couldn’t keep ducks for a year, according to his family.

Alan Gosling, 79, had to let his 160 birds be destroyed in December when they were found to have a new strain of the deadly bird disease.

Alan Gosling is distraught after learning he won’t be able to keep ducks for a year, his family says
Turkeys recalled from Suffolk farm in previous outbreakCredit: Pennsylvania: Press Association
Alan had to let his 160 birds be destroyed in December when they were found to have a new strain of the deadly bird disease.
Alan had to let his 160 birds be destroyed in December when they were found to have a new strain of the deadly bird disease.1 credit

He had raised several by hand and 20 muscovys lived at his home in Buckfastleigh, Devon.

The retired train driver, who described his flock as family, spent Christmas quarantined alone in his home, which is being deep cleaned.

Alan, who had tested positive but is now negative, was informed of the ban by public health chiefs.

Stepdaughter Ellesha Gosling, 26, said: ‘Dad’s face fell. It really hurt.

“When the ducks were killed, their only hope was to have more.

“Now they have told him that it is not safe for a year. »

Bird flu symptoms:

Call a GP or NHS 111 if you have symptoms of bird flu and have visited an area affected by bird flu in the last 10 days.

The main symptoms of bird flu can appear very quickly and include:

  • very high temperature or feeling hot or shivering
  • sore muscles
  • headache
  • cough or shortness of breath

Other early symptoms may include:

  • diarrhea
  • illness
  • stomach ache
  • Chest pain
  • nose and gum bleeding
  • conjunctivitis

It usually takes three to five days for the first symptoms to appear after being infected.

Within a few days of the onset of symptoms, more serious complications such as pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome may develop.

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