There was an epidemic of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2002/03, which started in China and infected 8,000 people around the world killing at a rate of 1 out of 10, mainly from kidney failure. A new virus has been discovered in 2012, that is thought to be a lot like SARS, and has most likely originated in Middle East. It has killed a man in Saudi Arabia, and left a man in London in critical condition. The main symptoms are: difficulty breathing, cough and chills. the virus is airborne and appears not to be easily spread from person to person. Michael Osterholm, a flu expert at the University of Minnesota voiced his concern saying “You don’t die from the common cold. This gives us reason to think it might be more like SARS.” This is a very serious situation and people aren't advised to travel until we know more!