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    India Issues Travel Advisory For Citizens Visiting China

    An infection with a novel coronavirus has been reported from China

    An infection with a novel coronavirus has been reported from China. As on January 11th, 2020, 41 confirmed cases have been reported so far, of which one has died. Only travel-related cases have been reported (one each) in Thailand and Japan. The clinical signs and symptoms are mainly fever with a few patients having difficulty in breathing.

    The mode of transmission is unclear as of now. However, so far there is little evidence of significant human-to-human transmission.

    Although as per the World Health Organization’s risk assessment the risk for global spread has been stated as low, as a matter of abundant precaution, the travellers to China are advised the following:

    Travellers to China should follow simple public health measures at all times as under:

    • Observe good personal hygiene
    • Practice frequent handwashing with soap
    • Follow respiratory etiquettes – cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
    • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness, such as cough, runny nose etc.
    • Avoid contact with live animals and consumption of raw/undercooked meats
    • Avoid travel to farms, live animal markets or where animals are slaughtered
    • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose

    All travellers to China (in particular Wuhan city) to monitor their health closely:

    If you feel sick and have a fever and cough:

    • Cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing
    • Don’t plan travels if sick
    • Seek medical attention promptly

    If you feel sick on the flight, while travelling back to India:

    • Inform the airlines’ crew about illness
    • Seek mask from the airlines’ crew
    • Avoid close contact with family members or fellow travellers
    • Follow the directions of airline crew while disembarking

    If you feel sick on the flight or at the time of disembarkation:

    • Report to airport health authorities/immigration
    • Follow the direction of the airport health officer

    If you feel sick within a span of one month after return from China:

    • Report the illness to the nearest health facility and also inform the treating doctor regarding your travel history

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