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Published On: Wed, Mar 27th, 2013

CDC issues travel notice because of novel coronavirus in the Middle East and United Kingdom

In light of the latest report of novel coronaviris (nCoV) from the World Health Organization and the Robert Koch Institute in Germany yesterday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an updated travel notice for people traveling abroad, specifically mentioning the United Kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula, according to the CDC notice March 27.

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During the course of 11 months, 17 cases have been confirmed positive for the coronavirus, resulting in 11 deaths. Cases have been reported from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United Arab Emirates.

The CDC reports that the cluster of cases in the UK represents the first evidence of person-to-person transmission, although this is still under investigation.

CDC does not recommend that anyone change their travel plans because of these cases of the novel coronavirus. CDC recommends that US travelers to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula monitor their health and see a doctor right away if they develop fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath. They should tell the doctor about their recent travel.

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They say if you travel abroad, taking the same precautions you would take to prevent a cold or the flu will protect you against nCoV. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Be sure you are up-to-date with all of your shots, and if possible, see your healthcare provider at least 4–6 weeks before travel to get any additional shots. Visit CDC’s Travelers’ Health website for more information on healthy travel.
  • If you are sick
    • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Avoid contact with other people to keep from infecting them.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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