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January 31, 2020 Friday 12:48:42 PM IST

BU postpones Shanghai Study Abroad Programme amid coronavirus fears

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Boston University has postponed its Shanghai study abroad program until further notice as China races to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 107 globally, including one person in Washington state, and infected thousands, including at least six in the US. On Thursday, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency.

The Shanghai program, which was to begin in mid-February, had 21 BU students signed up. None of the students who were in Boston, however, had yet left for Shanghai since the program’s start date had not yet arrived. Shanghai is about 520 miles east of Wuhan, the city where the virus first erupted.

BU is among more than 10 New England colleges and universities stampeding to cancel programs in, or repatriate students from, China.

Coronavirus symptoms may begin like a common cold—cough, fever, runny nose, headache, sore throat, or general malaise. But more severe cases may feature difficulty breathing, bronchitis, or pneumonia.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website offers guidance for anyone who has traveled to Wuhan and is concerned about symptoms, they are experiencing, as well as for those traveling to Wuhan.

(Content Courtesy: Boston University Official Website)