The U.S. Consulate-General in Guangzhou is keeping an eye on reports of a viral infection in the Guangdong area that authorities have described as atypical pneumonia. It is flu season so some virus outbreaks are to be expected, but officials have reported two deaths and 192 cases in Guangzhou since December, and six deaths and 305 cases in Guangdong province. Symptoms include headache, fever, coughing and respiratory difficulties. Seek medical treatment if symptoms occur. As a precaution, individuals, especially the elderly and the very young, should avoid crowded places. At this time there are no known cases of the disease within the expatriate community of Guangzhou.