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Two patients in Manchester test negative for Mers virus

Manchester Royal Infirmary. Credit: PA

Two patients who sparked a suspected Mers outbreak at a Manchester A&E unit have tested negative for the virus.

Dr Rosemary McCann, North West Deputy Director of Health Protection for Public Health England, said: "PHE can confirm that two individuals were tested for MERS-CoV in Manchester. These cases were separate and unrelated. The results of both tests were negative."

There have been 316 tests for MERS since 2013, with all being negative.

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