Health Alert: U.S. Consulate General Naples, Italy, February 7, 2020

Location: Italy

Event:  Since January 30, 2020, the Italian Ministry of Health has confirmed three cases of Novel Coronavirus in Italy.  On February 5, 2020, Italian public health officials implemented mandatory thermal screening at all Italian air and maritime ports of entry in response to the recent Novel Coronavirus outbreak.
Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance 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.
  • Call Italy’s 112 emergency number if you believe you have symptoms. English speaking operators are available.