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Arizona State University cancels South Korea study abroad programs over coronavirus outbreak

The move came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended people avoid "all nonessential travel" to South Korea over the COVID-19 disease.

Arizona State University has canceled one of its study abroad programs because of the coronavirus outbreak that originated in China last year. 

The university announced that it canceled its study abroad programs in South Korea after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention elevated the country to a Level 3 Warning regarding the COVID-19 disease. 

The CDC recommended that people avoid "all nonessential travel" to South Korea due to the outbreak of the disease. 

The university said it is working with students to make alternate arrangements, including assistance with flights and travel plans for students already in the country. 

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The university said it does not currently plan to cancel or reroute its study abroad programs in Europe, but will "continue to closely monitor COVID-19 updates and will respond accordingly."

COVID-19 first appeared in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. The disease is caused by a member of the coronavirus family, which is a close cousin to the SARS and MERS viruses. 

There are 60 cases in the U.S., according to the CDC. 


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