On August 5, 2013, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified of a case of acute respiratory failure in a previously healthy woman. A family interview revealed the patient's uncle and cousin had also been hospitalized with similar symptoms in North Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the North Carolina Division of Public Health collaborated to identify the cause of the respiratory illness cluster and to prevent additional illnesses.
Rhea SK, Cox SW, Moore ZS, Mays ER, Benitez AJ, Diaz MH, Winchell JM, . (2014). Notes from the field: atypical pneumonia in three members of an extended family - South Carolina and north Carolina, july-august 2013. MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report, 63(33)