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Man who died at Manston migrant processing centre may have been killed by DIPTHERIA

Man who died at Manston migrant processing centre may have been killed by DIPTHERIA

The death of a man at the Manston migrant processing center may have been caused by a diphtheria infection, according to the Home Office.

Initial tests at a hospital near the center in Kent, which has struggled with overcrowding and disease outbreaks, were negative, but a follow-up PCR was positive.

According to the findings, “diphtheria may be the cause of the illness,” according to a statement.

The man died in hospital on November 19 after arriving in the UK on a small boat seven days before.

“Our thoughts remain with the family of the deceased man and all those affected by this loss,” a government spokeswoman said.

“Initial test results processed by a local hospital for an infectious disease were negative, but a follow-up PCR test was positive, indicating that diphtheria may be the cause of the illness. The Coroner will conclude in due course.

“We take the safety and welfare of those in our care extremely seriously and are taking all of the necessary steps following these results.

“We are offering diphtheria vaccinations to people at Manston, which has 24/7 health facilities and trained medical staff.”

A post-mortem examination and a coroner’s investigation are ongoing.

 Man who died at Manston migrant processing centre may have been killed by DIPTHERIA,
The Manston processing center is designed to hold people for up to 24 hours while they go through security checks.

The Home Office initially stated that there was “no evidence at this stage to suggest that this tragic death was caused by an infectious disease,” despite the fact that the man became ill the day before he died.

At one point, up to 4,000 people were detained at the site, which was designed to hold only 1,600, but government sources said on Tuesday that the site had been emptied.

New arrivals were expected to be taken to the site, which is designed to hold people for short periods of time while security and identity checks are performed before they are moved to accommodation.

However, some people have been held for much longer periods of time due to a lack of alternative housing.

Ahead of the man’s death, the UK Health Security Agency identified 39 diphtheria cases in asylum seekers in England in 2022, as of November 10.

The health authority warned that accommodation settings should be considered “high-risk for infectious diseases”.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has been coming under criticism for the dire conditions in Manston, and for failing to slow the perilous crossings of the English Channel by people in small boats.

This week she admitted the Government has “failed to control our borders” but blamed desperate migrants and people smugglers for the overcrowding in Manston.

“I tell you who’s at fault. It’s very clear who’s at fault. It’s the people who are breaking our rules, coming here illegally, exploiting vulnerable people and trying to reduce the generosity of the British people. That’s who’s at fault,” she told MPs.

source:summarybio.com