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First human case in UK of potentially lethal bird flu strain

The first man in Britain to catch a potentially lethal form of bird flu had been keeping 20 ducks inside his home and scores more outside, his family has said.A

The first man in Britain to catch a potentially lethal form of bird flu had been keeping 20 ducks inside his home and scores more outside, his family has said.

Alan Gosling, 79, contracted avian flu in Buckfastleigh in Devon after he adopted a flock of Muscovy ducks, with more than a hundred of the birds living on his property. He was in isolation but not ill, officials said, and there is no evidence that the virus has been transmitted to anybody else.

He had contracted a form of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, a type that tends to be particularly dangerous for birds. It has shown no sign of transmitting efficiently between people but can be deadly to humans, too. World Health Organisation

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