In the UK, a human case of bird flu has been discovered.
In England, a RARE human case of bird flu was confirmed yesterday.
Alan Gosling, 79, became infected after caring for wild ducks at his house.
After a local flock of 160 ducks tested positive for the disease and were culled last week, his daughter-in-law Ellesha Gosling, 26, said he was ordered to test for the disease.
Alan assists in the care of the Muscovy ducks and has taken some of them to his home in Buckfastleigh, Devon.
“I’m completely fine,” the retired train conductor said.
I’m only upset because of the ducks’ demise.
It’s a huge loss because I’d worked for them for over 20 years.
“They were my family, they were my life,” says the narrator.
People aren’t aware of their own intelligence.
“They used to warm my slippers for me by sitting on them.”
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Since the outbreak, Ellesha and her 47-year-old husband Richard have been unable to see their three-year-old son.
“He saw all of his ducks killed, and they were like his closest friends,” she said.
Alan first noticed several ducks in his flock becoming ill a few days before Christmas, according to Ellesha.
Originally, the Muscovy ducks lived in a public area near his house.
According to the UK Health Security Agency, transmission to humans is extremely rare, with fewer than five cases ever recorded in the UK.
“This is the first reported human case with this particular strain of H5N1 so is an extremely rare event,” said Professor Ian Brown, head of virology at the Animal and Plant Health Agency. “There is no cause for alarm because the risk from this strain to people is very low and there is no evidence this virus can transmit from one person to another.”