Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (January 30, 2020)
Location: Equatorial Guinea
Event: There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The Embassy is not aware of any confirmed cases in Equatorial Guinea. A January 27 decree by the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea announced containment measures to prevent importation and spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), based on recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), including airport checkpoints to identify travelers from China, who could be quarantined for 14 days; and a call for all individuals who may have visited China from December 30, 2019 to the present, to voluntarily report to hospital centers in Malabo and Bata for examination. The WHO resident representative in Malabo is consulting with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and the U.S. Embassy has linked the Ministry with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information regarding the virus, travel guidance, and enhanced screening procedures.
- Consult the WHO website for travel guidance, technical guidance, and disease outbreak news.
- 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.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- 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. Symptoms are similar to those for “flu” (influenza) and malaria, including fever, cough, body ache, and fatigue.
U.S. Embassy Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
+240 333 095741
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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