Alan Gosling, 79, was the first human in Britain to test positive for the H5N1 strain of avian flu and is unable to leave his home as the property is considered contaminated
The family of bird flu man Alan Gosling are trying to raise money to get his house disinfected after his birds were culled – as he releases new images of ducklings killed by officials.
Alan, 79, was revealed earlier in the week to be the first human in Britain to test positive for the H5N1 strain of avian flu.
The diagnosis came shortly after several of his 160-strong flock of pet ducks fell ill in late December.
Alan had been living with around 20 ducks in his home in Buckfastleigh, Devon – with more than a hundred more outside.
But after some tested positive every single one was culled – including cute yellow ducklings the family have today released images of.
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Now Alan, a retired train driver, sits at home alone – unable to even leave his front door as the property is considered contaminated.
His worried family are claiming they fear they will have to stump for the cost of cleaning the inside of the house.
It is understood that a professional decontamination of the indoor areas has already been arranged, which is being led by the local authority.
However, it remains unclear who is footing the bill.
Daughter-in-law Ellesha Gosling, 26, has set up a fundraiser in the hopes of covering the potential costs of disinfecting the property.
She said: “I want to set up a GoFundMe page to help fund the clean up for dad.
“I am very reassured dad is well physically, very reassured, but I have been very worried in terms of his mental health.
“We’ve had some ups and downs, some very low lows. It has been very overwhelming.
“Dad can get more ducks, but he won’t have the same rapport with them as he did with the others. They were his family.”
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Ellesha added that the family has not yet looked too far into the future –
and are taking it just one day at a time.
“[We will] be there for dad, keep in constant contact, and try and push to find a contractor to do the disinfection so we can go and see him,” she said.
“We need to keep pushing for answers.
“We want to know when they’re going in and cleaning and disinfecting so we can see our father, and we want to know dad won’t have to pay but at the minute we don’t know that’s the case.”
The family say it is unclear who will pay for the cleaning process.
A UK Health Security Agency spokesperson said: “The district council will carry out decontamination of the property when the risk of onward transmission has been minimised.
“The person is being checked regularly to ensure their welfare is protected.”
An Animal and Plant Health Agency spokesperson said: “Our sympathies remain with the owner and all those with animals affected by this terrible disease.”
Teignbridge District Council have been approached for a comment.