Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Hanoi, Vietnam (January 25, 2020)
Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice recommending against all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China, due to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, which can be spread from person to person. Symptoms of this illness may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Most of these cases have been reported in China, but other cases have been reported in the United States, Europe, and other Southeast Asian countries. There are so far four suspected cases in Vietnam.
Please check with the airlines regarding flight cancellations or restrictions on flying to/from Wuhan, China.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, especially after greetings, before eating (or putting fingers near mouth, nose, or eyes), etc.
- 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, seek medical care right away.
- If you are ill with a fever and cough, you are strongly encouraged to stay home and seek medical attention, especially if you have traveled recently.
U.S. Embassy Hanoi
From outside Vietnam: +84-24-3850-5000
From the U.S.: 011-84-24-3850-5000
From landline within Hanoi: 3850-5000
From mobile or landline within Vietnam: 024-3850-5000
Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs: +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
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We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Vietnam enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the State Department’s website at www.Travel.State.Gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.