ONE DEATH at the Manston Migrant Processing Center could have been caused by diphtheria, the Home Office said.
Initial tests at a hospital near the center in Kent were negative, but a subsequent PCR test gave a positive result.
A Home Office statement said the report suggested that “diphtheria could be the cause of the disease.”
The man, believed to be of Middle Eastern origin and in his 30s, died in hospital on November 19.
He is believed to have entered the UK on a small boat seven days earlier.
Whitehall sources said he was hospitalized after landing on the British coast before being discharged to Manston.
He was taken back to the hospital last Tuesday, where he later died.
Manston has been at the center of a political row after Suella Braverman was criticized for being “overwhelmed” by people.
Migrants are said to stay at the center for just 24 hours while their asylum applications are processed, before being transferred to other accommodation such as hotels.
But a huge processing backlog has caused the site to be inundated with thousands of people and conditions have deteriorated.
It was previously reported that the center experienced a diphtheria outbreak amid fears of overcrowding.
The refugee council announced that a boy had contracted scabies after spending 19 days in the center in “inhuman” conditions.
There was also a report of a case of MRSA in the camp.
Detention Action said the facility remained “enormously overcrowded, unsanitary and unsafe” and was on the verge of becoming a “public health disaster”.
A government spokesman said: “Our thoughts remain with the family of the late man and everyone affected by this loss.
“Initial test results processed by a local hospital for an infectious disease were negative, but a subsequent PCR test was positive, suggesting diphtheria could be the cause of the disease. The coroner will conclude in due course.
“We take the safety and well-being of those in our care very seriously and are taking all necessary steps following these results.
“We offer diphtheria vaccinations to the people of Manston who have 24-hour health facilities and trained medical staff.”
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