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Health Alert: Gabon, Travel Suspended for Travelers Coming from China

Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.  There are currently no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Gabon.

On February 7, the Gabonese Ministry of Health announced an expansion of its efforts to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus in Gabon.  In addition to screening travelers entering the country for symptoms of the virus, the Gabonese government is now suspending entry of travelers coming from China.  This restriction will remain in place until further notice.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website, for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures.
  • Check with the airlines regarding any flight cancellations and/or restrictions on flying.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Seek medical care right away, 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.

 

Assistance:

 

U.S. Embassy, Libreville, Gabon

+241 01 45 71 00

Email:  LibrevilleACS@state.gov

Website:  https://ga.usembassy.gov/

 

State Department - Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

 

Gabon Country Information:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Gabon.html

 

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