The Defense Department has issued guidance to personnel aimed at reducing the potential threat of the novel coronavirus.

“I approved a directive apprising our forces about precautions they should take, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of the virus,”

said Mark Esper, defense secretary. “The Department of Defense continues to work closely with our interagency partners as we monitor the situation and protect our Service members and their families, which is my highest priority.”

Due to the threat of novel coronavirus, the Department of State recently adjusted a travel advisory for China to a Level 4, meaning people should not travel there. The department also has requested all non-essential U.S. Government personnel defer travel to China, in light of the novel coronavirus. Commanders of individually affected geographic commands will issue specific guidance to their forces.

The Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention also adjusted its travel advisory to a Level 3, recommending travelers avoid all non-essential travel to China.

This outbreak is of high-risk to travelers and there are no precautions available to protect against the identified increased threat.

DoD officials are monitoring the outbreak of the virus, first detected in Wuhan City, China; and is coordinating with interagency partners.

DoD personnel are encouraged to follow guidance at defense.gov and cdc.gov and get international travel information from travel.state.gov.