This new bird flu was first reported in China in March 2013. The main cause of infection is from contaminated poultry (there is now limited human to human spread). There are no cases in the United States.
The symptoms are cough, high fever, pneumonia, shock, and multisystem failure.
This respiratory virus was first noticed in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a virus similar to the virus which caused the SARS outbreak in China in 2003. Currently, it is mainly found in the Arabian Peninsula with some cases in 21 other countries. There have been 2 U.S. cases, both in healthcare workers who had been working in hospitals in Saudi Arabia. Both cases are doing well. Initial symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The cause is unknown but research has shown that camels and bats may play a role. There is no vaccine available.
If you travel to Saudi Arabia or neighboring countries there are a few things you can do to protect yourself.