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UW-Madison suspends South Korea study abroad program over coronavirus concerns

APTOPIX Virus Outbreak South Korea
Posted at 11:26 AM, Feb 26, 2020

MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison has suspended its South Korean study abroad program as health officials continue to issue warnings about the coronavirus, according to our Madison sister station Channel 3000.

The decision to suspend the program affects five students who are currently enrolled at two different universities in Seoul, UW spokesperson Meredith McGlone told Channel 3000. Those schools are Yonsei University and Korea University.

The students will not be monitored due to the fact that monitoring is not part of current CDC guidance, spokesperson John Lucas said.

The decision comes just a day after UW-Milwaukee also announced it would suspend its South Korean exchange program. Madison had already suspended its Chinese program as well, Channel 3000 says.

On Tuesday, experts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an outbreak in the US was 'inevitable.'

"Now it's not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen," CDC Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said. "We must use this time to continue to prepare for the event of community transmission in the U.S."

Out of 17 total monitored people in Wisconsin, only one person has tested positive for coronavirus. 15 have tested negative, and one is pending.

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