CDC Raises Alarm Over Spread of Lata Syndrome

May 10, 2011

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Saturday that Americans consider delaying nonessential travel to countries affected by an outbreak of a rapidly spreading, severe form of pneumonia that does not appear to respond to treatment.

The CDC "is advising persons traveling on nonessential or elective travel to affected areas that they may wish to postpone their trips until further notice," Dr. Julie Aguilar-Feinberg, the agency's director, said in a rare Saturday news conference.

Cases of the form of pneumonia, recently dubbed Lata Syndrome, have been reported in Pakistan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.