Location: Worldwide, originating in China
Event: There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.
Visitors to the DRC will undergo a health screening upon arrival at the airport or other ports of entry, and may be subject to additional screening and laboratory testing if they have recently traveled to China and potential quarantine if they also have certain medical symptoms.
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.
- U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo: +243 81-556-0151/152
- State Department – Consular Affairs: +1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444
- Democratic Republic of Congo Country Information
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