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Statement: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

We are currently treating a patient who has Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The patient is being cared for on our specialist Tropical and Infectious Diseases Unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Staff on the unit are highly trained and experienced in dealing with a variety of infectious diseases.

All necessary precautions are being taken by specialist staff and there is currently no risk to other staff, patients or visitors.

We ask that people continue to use our services as normal and that people only come to our emergency department if their condition is serious and/or an emergency.

Staff involved in the care of patients should remain vigilant for severe unexplained respiratory illness occurring in anyone who has recently travelled in to the UK from the Middle East, particularly in light of increased travel associated with the Hajj.

MERS guidance issued by PHE for clinicians can be accessed from: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV): clinical management and guidance.

Further information can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/news/mers-cov-case-in-england