Coronavirus patient dies in Britain

A Sars coronavirus: a similar virus appears to have been spread between two relatives in the UK. Photograph: Reuters

A Sars coronavirus: a similar virus appears to have been spread between two relatives in the UK. Photograph: Reuters

Tue, Feb 19, 2013, 00:00

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 hospital 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 hospital, 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.”

Guardian