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Suspected Mers outbreak: 'Risk to public is extremely low'

As Manchester Royal Infirmary deals with two suspected cases of Mers, an expert in viruses has described the risk to the general public as "extremely low."

Manchester Royal Infirmary closed its accident and emergency department while it investigates two patients with suspected Mers Credit: PA

Dr Derek Gatherer, a lecturer at the University of Lancaster, said: "Outside hospitals the risk to the general public is extremely low and the outbreak ought not to cause concern."

The World Health Organisation defines Mers risk as being confined to those hospital workers not wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and working within two metres of a case in a ward or those patients in the same room or ward as a confirmed case, or those who have contacted respiratory secretions from a case.

– Dr Derek Gatherer

The hospital closed its accident and emergency department while it investigates two patients suspected to have the virus.

Further remains found at scene of Bosley blasts

Search and rescue teams at Wood Flour Mills in Bosley. Credit: Press Association.

Further remains have been found by search and recovery teams at the scene of the Bosley mill explosions ten days ago.

Cheshire Police said the remains have been taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital for post mortem examination and forensic identification tests.

Three of the four victims have already been found - William Barks, 51; Dorothy Bailey, 62; and Derek Moore, 62.

A fourth victim, Jason Shingler, 38, remains unidentified.

Derek Moore, Dorothy Bailey, Jason Shingler and William Barks. Credit: Cheshire Police

This has been an extremely difficult and distressing time for all involved, and especially for the families of the victims. A number of agencies have provided support for the community in the wake of this devastating incident.

"Additionally, the officers from the different emergency services have acted with great courage and it has been heartening to see the community rally round together to support not only the recovery effort, but also each other and the families of the victims."

– Cheshire Police

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Suspected MERS outbreak closes Manchester Royal Infirmary A&E

Manchester Royal Infirmary. Credit: Manchester Royal Infirmary.

The Accident and Emergency department at Manchester Royal Infirmary has been closed because of a suspected outbreak of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome.

Two patients have been isolated, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said.

It added that there is "no significant risk to public health".

The Trust gave no indication as to when the A&E department may reopen.

“We are currently investigating two patients for suspected Middle Eastern Respiratory Virus Syndrome – Coronavirus Infection (MERS-CoV).

"Both patients have been isolated for on-going clinical treatment and management of their condition.

"We would like to reassure our patients and the general public that there is no significant risk to public health.

"Manchester Royal Infirmary Accident and Emergency Department will be closed until further notice while further investigations take place.”

– Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Police say they're working to establish a motive over Massey murder

“Our thoughts are with the family of Paul at this distressing time and we have specially trained officers supporting them.

“We know that shots were fired at Paul and do not believe this was a random attack. We are still working to establish a motive, which is not yet known.

“We have extra officers in the area to offer reassurance to the community and if anyone has any concerns, please talk to our officers.

“If you were in the area at the time and saw anyone acting suspiciously in the minutes before the shooting, or saw anyone leaving the scene, please contact police.

“I would urge anybody with information about what happened last night to come forward. I want to reiterate that any information received will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

– Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle, Greater Manchester Police
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