MERS case confirmed in England

28 August 2018

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Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on 23 August 2018 that an individual has been diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in England.

The patient was initially admitted to a hospital in Leeds before being transferred to the Royal Liverpool Hospital, an expert respiratory infectious disease centre, where they are stable and receiving appropriate treatment.

The patient is a resident of the Middle East, where they are believed to have contracted the infection, before travelling to the UK.

While this is a serious infection for the individual, the risk of transmission to the general population from this case is very low. This is the fifth case of MERS diagnosed in England, with previous cases diagnosed in 2012 and 2013.

Source: PHE, 23 August 2018 

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