UK

Coronavirus, Sars-Like Illness, Kills British Man In Birmingham Hospital

19/02/2013 11:57 GMT

A UK resident who contracted a Sars-like virus has died in hospital, medical officials have confirmed.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) said the patient, who was being treated for novel coronavirus, had died in its critical care unit on Sunday morning.

In a statement confirming the death, the QEHB said the patient was believed to have contracted the virus from a relative who is being treated at a hospital in Manchester.

The statement, issued by the NHS Trust which runs the QEHB, added: "The hospital extends its sympathies to the family.

"The patient was already an outpatient at QEHB, undergoing treatment for a long-term, complex unrelated health condition.

"The patient was immuno-compromised and is believed to have contracted the virus from a relative who is being treated for the condition in a Manchester hospital."

The QEHB said last week that the coronavirus patient's admission had been subject to stringent infection controls.

The hospital is now working closely with the Health Protection Agency (HPA), which is making follow-up checks on other household members.

Health protection workers have established that the person being treated in Manchester recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan.