U.S. Airports to Test for Deadly China Virus

By Anna Breuer on 18 January 2020
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Three airports in the United States will screen travelers arriving from China for a deadly new virus that has sickened dozens in Wuhan, China, and is spreading throughout Asia.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China,” the agency said.  “Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in more than 40 confirmed human infections in China and exported cases in Thailand and Japan.”

Officials began screening passengers on direct flights from Wuhan arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York late Friday and at San Francisco International Airport early Saturday. Officials from the CDC will also screen arriving passengers on connecting flights ending at Los Angeles International Airport.

The outbreak may have zoonotic origins as it has been traced to a large seafood market in Wuhan.

“We are concerned any time there is a new virus or a new pathogen emerging in a population that hasn’t seen it before, said Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, adding that, because it is new, the population doesn’t have any existing immunity and we don’t have any specific treatment or vaccines.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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