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Health Alert – American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei
January 26, 2020

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China, due to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus which can be spread from person to person.

CCD has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice.  Please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

If you have travel plans, please check with the airlines regarding any flight cancellations and/or restrictions on flying.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Rely on trusted sources for information. Both WHO and CDC have up to date information regarding the outbreak. For Taiwan-specific information, please refer to the Taiwan CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En.
  • Avoid live or dead animals and animal markets and persons exhibiting signs of respiratory illness.
  • Ensure that you had an influenza immunization this season to minimize the chances of getting flu that may mimic a coronavirus infections.
  • 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. For the most up-to-date information, please consult the CDC website.

For emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizen Services Unit of the American Institute in Taiwan:

AIT Taipei Office:
100 Jinhu Road, Neihu Dist, Taipei City 11461
Phone: (02) 2162-2000; Fax: (02) 2162-2239; After-Hours Emergency: (02) 2162-2000
Email: TaipeiACS@state.gov

AIT Kaohsiung Office:
5th Floor, No. 88, Chenggong 2nd Road, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City 80661
Phone: (07) 335-5006; Fax: (07) 338-0552; After-Hours Emergency: (02) 2162-2000
Email: TaipeiACS@state.gov

Calling from Outside of Taiwan – Department of State – Consular Affairs:
Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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