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Although this SARS-like outbreak hasn't reached American shores yet .. it is one to keep tabs on so feel free to post pertinent updates here as they become available.
From CDC Travelers' Health site
(Updated: May 17, 2013)
What Is the Current Situation?
As of May 2013, a total of 40 people in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, the United Kingdom (UK), the United Arab Emirates, and France were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Twenty of these 40 people died.
In the UK, an infected man likely spread the virus to two family members. He had recently traveled to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and got sick before returning to the UK. In Saudi Arabia, two health care providers were infected after caring for patients who had novel coronavirus. Clusters of cases in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UK, and France are being investigated. For more information, see CDC’s novel coronavirus update.
CDC does not recommend that anyone change their travel plans because of these cases of the novel coronavirus. CDC recommends that US travelers to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula* monitor their health and see a doctor right away if they develop fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath. They should tell the doctor about their recent travel.
What Is a Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a cause of the common cold. A coronavirus also was the cause of the severe respiratory illness called SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). SARS caused a global epidemic in 2003, but there have not been any known cases of SARS since 2004. This novel coronavirus is not the same coronavirus that caused SARS.
What Is Known About Novel Coronavirus?
The novel coronavirus is different from any other coronavirus that has been previously found in people. In the UK, the virus likely spread from an infected person to two family members. Symptoms of novel coronavirus infection have included fever, cough, and shortness of breath. CDC is working with WHO and other partners to understand the public health risks from this virus.
How Can Travelers Protect Themselves?
Taking these everyday actions can help prevent the spread of germs and protect against colds, flu, and other illnesses:
When Should Someone See a Health Care Provider?
You should see a healthcare provider if you develop a fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 10 days after traveling from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula*. You should tell the healthcare provider about your recent travel.
Health care providers should be alert to patients who develop severe acute lower respiratory illness (e.g., requiring hospitalization) within 10 days after traveling from countries in the Arabian Peninsula* or neighboring countries, excluding those who transited at airports.
Update: Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with a Novel Coronavi... MMWR March 7, 2013/62 (Early Release); 1–2
Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with a Novel Coronavirus — Sa... MMWR October 12, 2012/61; 820–820.
*Countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula: Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen.