UK checking two suspected MERS cases in northern England

MERS kills about 38 percent of those it infects and is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered China's deadly 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). (File photo: Reuters)

Two suspected cases of the Middle Eastern Respiratory Virus Syndrome (MERS) have forced a hospital in northern England to shut its emergency department, health officials said on Monday.

Two patients at Manchester Royal Infirmary were placed in isolation, but there was no significant risk to others at the hospital or to the general public, Central Manchester University Hospitals Trust said.

“Both patients have been isolated for on-going clinical treatment and management of their condition,” it said in a statement. “Manchester Royal Infirmary Accident and Emergency Department will be closed until further notice while further investigations take place.”


Cases of MERS virus infection, which causes coughing and fever and can lead to fatal pneumonia and kidney failure, have been found mainly in Saudi Arabia and South Korea. But it has also been imported in travellers to at least 25 countries worldwide since it first emerged in 2012.


MERS kills about 38 percent of those it infects and is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered China's deadly 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
 

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