Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

February 1, 2020

Location: Throughout the Republic of Korea

Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. On February 1, the Korea Center for Disease Control (KCDC) announced 12 confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus in the Republic of Korea.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures.
  • Call the 1339 KCDC Hotline if you are in the Republic of Korea and believe that you have symptoms and/or have had close contact with an infected person.
  • Check with the airlines regarding any flight cancellations and/or restrictions on flying.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Seek medical care right away, if you traveled to Wuhan and feel sick or were exposed to someone who was in Wuhan in the last six weeks who has fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

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