CDC Updates Japan’s Level 2 Travel Alert Coronavirus

Japan Travel Alert updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated Japan's Level 2 travel alert on February 28, 2020.

“Japan is experiencing a sustainable community transmission of respiratory disease now called COVID-19, which is caused by the new coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2,” says the Travel Alert on Enhanced Precautions.

As of noon on February 29, 2020, the Japanese Ministry of Health has reported that there are 208 patients and 22 patients with asymptomatic nurse disease, including 186 Japanese citizens, and 28 others under investigation.

On February 28, Naomichi Suzuki, governor of Hokkaido Prefecture in northern Japan, announced a 3-week emergency period in response to the outbreak of the new Coronavirus known as COVID-19.

The CDC warns that the risk factors for acute disease are not yet clear, but the elderly and people with chronic conditions should consider delaying unnecessary travel to Japan, where it has been confirmed that this SARS-CoV-2 virus has spread from one person to another person.

Separately, the Japanese leadership has taken measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, such as organizing a sumo course without fans.

And those who visit Japan, they should avoid contact with patients and clean their hands often.

The CDC says the disease has ranged from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Sore throats and diarrhea have also been reported in some patients.

If you have spent time in Japan during the past 14 days and feel nauseous from a fever, cough, or trouble breathing, the CDC suggests the following actions:

  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Take your temperature, seek medical advice and avoid contact with others.
  • Call before going to the doctor’s office or the emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel to an area with a spreading Coronavirus and your symptoms.
Furthermore, the CDC suggests that healthcare providers obtain a detailed travel record for patients suffering from fever or acute respiratory symptoms.

For patients with these symptoms who were in Japan and who had contracted the disease within two weeks of leaving, they considered having a new infection with the Coronavirus and notified infection control officers and the local health department immediately.

For additional recommendations on infection control in healthcare, visit the CDC page.

The initial CDC notice of Japan's outbreak was published on February 19, 2020.

In addition, the U.S. State Department issued second-level travel advice to Japan on February 22, 2020.

As of March 1, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any preventive vaccine for SARS-2.

Breaking news about the SARS-2 virus has been published in Coronavirus today.

Japan's travel alert news is posted by Vax-Before-Travel.

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