After being told he can’t keep ducks for a year, UK’s bird flu ‘patient zero’ is distraught.


According to his family, the UK’s “patient zero” for bird flu is distraught after learning that he will be unable to keep ducks for a year.

When a new strain of the deadly avian disease was discovered, Alan Gosling, 79, had to let his 160 birds be destroyed in December.


Turkeys being removed from a farm in Suffolk during a previous outbreak


Alan had to let his 160 birds be destroyed in December when they were found to have a new strain of the deadly avian disease


Many of his muscovys were hand-reared, and he kept 20 of them in his Buckfastleigh, Devon, home.

The retired train driver, who referred to his flock as “family,” spent Christmas alone in quarantine at his home, which is undergoing a thorough cleaning.

Public health officials informed Alan, who previously tested positive but is now negative, of the ban.

“Dad’s face dropped,” said daughter-in-law Ellesha Gosling, 26. It had a significant impact on him.

“His only hope was that he’d get more ducks after the first ones were killed.

“Now he’s been told it’s not safe for a year.”

Symptoms of bird flu:

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The following аre the most common signs аnd symptoms of bird flu, which cаn аppeаr quickly:

Other eаrly symptoms mаy include:

After you’ve been infected, the first signs аnd symptoms usuаlly аppeаr three to five dаys lаter.

More severe complicаtions, such аs pneumoniа аnd аcute respirаtory distress syndrome, cаn develop within dаys of the onset of symptoms.

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Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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