On Friday, the death toll rose to 13. It’s a wakeup call to everyone, because if it could head to South Korea, it could be transmitted abroad, Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt INFIRMARY, told CBS News. It’s believed a 68-year-old man carried the illness to South Korea last month after planing a trip to Saudi Arabia, the national country where the virus was first identified in 2012. The man visited 4 hospitals in South Korea before he was diagnosed – – exposing many other people in the process. The disease could be spread through a cough or close connection with someone who is contaminated. The CDC says it is important for doctors in this country to understand the risk and consider the MERS virus as a possible diagnosis if an individual with respiratory symptoms lately traveled to an area where the virus is present.At the moment cholesterol lowering drugs are the leading class of prescription drugs in the USA, with 255 million prescriptions a year. Lipitor, the country’s best-selling drug, with product sales of $7.2 billion this past year, will be accessible as a generic Dec. 1, at a fraction of its current price. Patterson added that there will be no justification for insurance plans to cover Crestor. Crestor may be the eighth-leading drug in america, with $3.8 billion in annual sales. In fact, by next month, almost all statins will generically be accessible.