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Patient dies from rare virus contracted from relative undergoing treatment in Manchester

The patient died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham Photo: PA Images

A UK resident who is believed to have contracted a Sars-like virus from a patient in Manchester has died in a 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.

In a statement issued on Friday, the HPA confirmed that four cases of novel coronavirus - including three "in a family cluster" - had been diagnosed in the UK.

A statement issued on Tuesday afternoon by the HPA said the man who died and another of the UK cases had no recent history of foreign travel, suggesting that transmission had occurred in Britain.

A HPA spokesman said: "One person has sadly died. This patient had an underlying condition that may have made them more susceptible to respiratory infections. The first patient in this cluster, who had recent travel history to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, is still receiving treatment. The third case, who had a mild illness, has recovered."

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