The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning Thursday to China because of a severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus first identified in Wuhan.

“U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Watch Level 3 Alert (Avoid Nonessential Travel) for an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus,” the department said in the alert.

It warned Americans that Chinese authorities suspended travel from Wuhan to contain the novel coronavirus.

“Be aware that planned travel within China may be disrupted,” it added.

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