An outbreak of pneumonia has been reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan and is believed to have been caused by the new virus. In light of the outbreak, the US State Department issued a health alert for all considering travelling to the region on Wednesday.
They referenced a Watch Level 1 Alert by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Under the travel alert, the State Department advised citizens to “avoid animals” and to “avoid contact” with any sick people.
Moreover, under the alert the State Department also advised anyone who had travelled to the region and become ill, to take extra caution over the deadly virus. The alert level comes as Japan announced its first case of the virus.
In a separate statement the WHO said: “The possibility of cases being identified in other countries was not unexpected and reinforces why WHO calls for on-going active monitoring and preparedness in other countries.”