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First UK person to catch H5N1 bird flu strain is named

Alan Gosling, 79, tested positive having lived with about 20 ducks inside his home in Devon

The first person in the UK to catch a new strain of bird flu has been named as 79-year-old Alan Gosling, a retired engineer who lived with about 20 ducks inside his home in Devon.

Gosling, who had about another 100 ducks living outside on his property in Buckfastleigh, noticed several birds falling ill shortly before Christmas, Devon Live reports.

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