Staff at a hospital in China have drawn lots on who will treat the country’s first reported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), according to The Independent.

The man, who is a relative of somebody known to be infected with MERS, had neglected advice not to travel before presenting with symptoms in China.

According to the hospital, located in the southern city of Huizhou, the ballot was arranged as there were too many volunteers to treat the South Korean man.

However, posts that have since appeared on social media have suggested that the ballot took place because many were reluctant to provide care.

Doctors in South Korea had advised the man not to travel after his father had contracted the illness and there were fears that he had been in close contact with him.