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Health Alert Update – Novel Coronavirus in China
January 18, 2020

Location: Wuhan, Hankou area

Event: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Watch Level 1 Alert (be aware and practice usual precautions) for an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China, preliminarily identified to be caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.

Travelers to Wuhan should:

  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water.
  • Consult the CDC Website for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures.

If you have traveled to Wuhan and feel sick, you should

  • Stay home. Except for seeking medical care, avoid contact with others.
  • Don’t travel while sick.
  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell the doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

Please see https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/novel-coronavirus-china and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html for further updates.

  • U.S. Consulate General Wuhan
    New World International Trade Tower I,
    No. 568, Jianshe Avenue
    Hankou, Wuhan 430022
    Telephone: +(86)(027) 8555-7791
    Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
    Fax: +(86)(027) 8555-7761
    Please note that Wuhan does not provide regularly scheduled consular services. Contact the Embassy in Beijing for consular assistance.
  • U.S. Embassy Beijing
    No. 55 An Jia Lou Road
    Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600
    Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
    Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
    Fax: +(86)(10) 8531-3300
  • State Department – Consular Affairs – 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
  • China Country Information sheet
  • Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates