Published
Fri, 14/02/2020 - 14:05
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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in Ireland is closely monitoring the outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

Updates on the emerging situation will be available on the HSE-HPSC Website (updated daily at 12 noon) together with guidance and other relevant information.

The following travel advisory has been issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs - Avoid Non Essential Travel to China. To those currently in China, as a precautionary measure, are advised to contact their travel agency or airlines regarding available routes out of China, if their continued presence in China is not essential.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Health Service Executive have issued the following advice for those who have recently visited mainland China.

Travellers should contact their local Public Health Department if in the last 14 days they have:

  • returned from mainland China - this does not include Hong Kong or Macau
  • been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
  • been in a hospital or healthcare centre where people were being treated for coronavirus

Find a phone number for your local Department of Public Health here.

Travellers returning from mainland China (but not Hong Kong or Macao) in the last 14 days, and get a cough or fever (high temperature), or feel short of breath or have difficulty breathing should:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people
  • phone your GP, emergency department (ED) or student healthcare centre immediately to tell them about their symptoms and that they have recently been in China

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