Doncaster man could have caught fatal brain bug in Libya

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The inquest into the death of a Doncaster man who died from a rare brain infection has been unable to establish if he contracted it while working in Libya.

Charles Alan Camplin, aged 53, died in Doncaster Royal Infirmary a few hours after being admitted with pains in the head, a rash and a number of seizures.

He had recently returned to his Bawtry home from working as an electrical engineer on oil installations in Libya.

The post-mortem examination showed death was ‘highly likely’ to have been caused by viral encephalitis – inflammation of the brain – and the pathologist, Dr Anju Verghese, said it was an ‘unusual’ cause of death.

A specialist neuropathologist came to the conclusion after microscopic examination of samples from Mr Camplin’s brain.

Mr Camplin, of Swan Street, had spent a lot of time working in Third World countries and had up-to-date vaccinations.

Dr Verghese said Mr Camplin was admitted to DRI at 4am on February 18 with flu-like symptoms having suffered seizures the previous day.

Mr Camplin was given intravenous antibiotics but was in a very poorly condition and had another seizure.

While waiting for a CT scan he went into cardiac arrest and died before 9.30am.

Dr Verghese said Mr Camplin was overweight but there was no evidence of a heart attack. His liver was very enlarged which was consistent with his weight.

Mr Camplin’s civil partner, Bawtry hairdresser Dominic Chappelle, asked the Doncaster coroner, Nicola Mundy, if he could have contracted the virus from working in Libya.

Reaching a conclusion of death from natural causes, she said: “A virus can come from many different sources, I suppose he could have contracted it abroad but equally he could have contracted it here.”