UW-Madison suspends 2 exchange programs in wake of virus

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison has suspended study-abroad programs with South Korea and China amid fears of the coronavirus.

University officials said in a statement Wednesday they had suspended the South Korean program. The move affects five students enrolled at Yonsei University and Korea University in Seoul.

The statement said the university made the move after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised their warning levels to avoid non-essential travel to South Korea.

UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas said in an email the five students are returning to the United States. He said he didn’t know their individual destinations.

The statement said the Chinese study-abroad program also has been suspended but didn’t say when. UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas said the school suspended that program in late January. Seven students were not able to travel to the country as a result.