The CDC has updated its information on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus; there are 55 confirmed cases linked to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and United Arab Emirates. They note the incubation period for this respiratory illness is 9-12 days, and mortality rate is 56%. The CDC should be contacted with any severe acute respiratory illness in travelers returning from these areas (CDC site)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.