CDC: Countries should prepare to enact travel restrictions to stop deadly flu virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued its guidance on stopping global transmission of the deadly flu virus known as “Covid-19.”

For countries most at risk for potential spread of the virus, travel and travel-related health care services are of particular concern for both workers and visitors from overseas, according to the CDC.

Following the approval of the CDC’s public health advice, the WHO revised its guidance for the virus on April 11th. According to the WHO, the steps that countries can take include:

Declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Lengthening the period for recommended hospitalization from 48 hours to 48 days

Restricting family travel and family visitors.

CDC’s guidance is based on close surveillance of children and adults in affected countries and a region including Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Britain, France, Russia, Spain, and Belgium.

The GAVI Alliance, an international public health partnership made up of governments, multilateral development banks, the World Health Organization, and pharmaceutical companies, approved a bid to procure 1,000 doses of an experimental H5N1 influenza vaccine in the event that a vaccine against the deadly virus is developed.

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