The UK’s ‘patient zero’ for bird flu is distraught after being told he can’t keep ducks for a year.
According to his family, the UK’s “patient zero” for bird flu is distraught after being told he can’t keep ducks for a year.
When a new strain of the deadly avian disease was discovered in December, Alan Gosling, 79, was forced to let his 160 birds be destroyed.
He had hand-reared many, and he had 20 muscovys living in his Buckfastleigh, Devon, home.
The retired train driver, who referred to his passengers as “family,” spent Christmas alone in quarantine at his home, which is currently being deep-cleaned.
Public health officials informed Alan, who had previously tested positive but is now negative, of the ban.
“Dad’s face dropped,” Ellesha Gosling, 26, said.
He was in a lot of pain.
“His only hope was that he’d get more ducks after the first ones were killed.
“Now he’s been told he won’t be able to do it for a year.”
If you have any symptoms of bird flu and have visited a bird flu-affected area in the last 10 days, call your doctor or NHS 111.
The following are the main symptoms of bird flu, which can appear very quickly:
Other early signs and symptoms to look out for are:
After you’ve been infected, the first symptoms usually appear three to five days later.
More serious complications such as pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome can develop within days of the onset of symptoms.