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Health Officials urge caution if you are traveling to these areas

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Broome County Health Department is urging everyone to avoid unnecessary travel to any of the countries currently placed under a travel advisory by the CDC due to the Coronavirus.

"What is causing the new concern is that we are seeing sustained spread outside of China," said Marrianne Yourdon, Public Health Nurse specializing in communicable diseases at The Broome County Health Department.

Yourdon telling 12 News that South Korea has been elevated to a level three advisory meaning that all unnecessary travel is off limits.

"South Korea is especially concerning because they are now at a travel alert level three which is the same level as China," she said.

Health officials are also recommending that people avoid certain trips.

"The CDC has recommended you may want to reconsider going on a cruise ship that's docked in or around Asia," Yourdon said.

One local travel agent recommends that if you do plan to travel overseas to any country, make sure you are prepared.

"In this day and age there's lots of things that happen political unrest, the situation with the Coronavirus but travel insurance is a must," said Mark Webster of Plaza and Sawtelle Travel.

Health officials stress that despite the recent spread of the virus systems are in place to keep you safe.

"The County Health Department, the CDC we're all involved in a process of monitoring for two weeks anyone that comes home from those areas," Yourdon said.

Health officials remind everyone that this is an evolving situation so continue to check the CDC website regularly for updated information.

Jack Arpey

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