Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador

Location: Worldwide

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

As of this date, no confirmed cases have been reported in El Salvador.  The government of El Salvador has implemented enhanced screening procedures at all points of entry. Visitors may experience delays when entering the country.  The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the situation.

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.
  • Monitor the website and social media feeds of the Salvadoran Ministry of Health for updates and recommendations.