Mystery virus kills patient right on our doorstep

Man dies of SARS-like virus at Birmingham’s QE Hospital

A patient infected with a new respiratory illness similar to the deadly SARS virus has died after being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, which is right on our door-step.

The 39-year-old man died on Sunday morning, the hospital has confirmed.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham

A spokesman from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital said: “The hospital extends its sympathies to the family. The patient was already an outpatient undergoing treatment for a long-term, complex unrelated health condition.”

The University works very closely with Queen Elizabeth Hospital in delivering care to patients and researching diseases.

Of the 12 people known to have been infected with the virus around the world, six have died. The infection causes pneumonia and sometimes kidney failure.

Not much is known about this new virus and how it spreads. The leading theory is that it comes from animals, and the new SARS-like virus does appear to be closely related to a virus in bats.

The threat posed by the virus is thought to be low as it struggles to spread in people.

Keep safe and healthy Tab readers. It’s not summer yet so keep those coats on!