By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level-3 travel notice for South Korea due to the widespread, ongoing outbreak. To date, South Korea has reported 833 cases and eight deaths.
CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea.There is limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas.
If you must travel:
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Discuss travel to South Korea with your healthcare provider. Older adults and travelers with chronic medical conditions may be at risk for more severe disease.
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
- It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
If you spent time in South Korea during the past 14 days and feel sick with fever or cough, or have difficulty breathing:
- Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Do not travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%-95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease.
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