Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba (January 30, 2020)

Location:  Havana, Cuba

Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.

As of January 27, the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) has reported no cases of novel coronavirus in Cuba.  MINSAP reports implementation of additional sanitary control measures at the border and ports of entry.  Travelers may experience increased scrutiny when entering Cuba, particularly those originating from areas affected by novel coronavirus.  Travelers should also 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.