Skip to Content

Deadly Chinese Virus – 3 US Airports Start Screening Passengers

This post may have affiliate links, which means we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you!) if you choose to purchase through them. Here's our Disclosure & Privacy Policy for more info.

Share The Article

Last Updated


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), announced the implementation of “enhanced health screenings” for  passengers arriving from or traveling through the Wuhan province of China amid a mysterious virus in the region.

Screenings will begin Jan. 17 at three major airports: San Francisco International Airport (SFO), John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

mnitoring passengers

Chinese health officials have already confirmed more than 40 cases of pneumonia, as well as two deaths tied to the coronavirus. The virus has been linked to a seafood market in the city of Wuhan. Officials believe the virus spreads from animals to people, but have yet to rule out the possibility that it spreads from person to person, The Associated Press reported.

Health officials in Thailand and Japan have also confirmed cases of the virus, the latter of which was contracted in China and observed once the patient was hospitalized in Japan.

chinese virus

“To further protect the health of the American public during the emergence of this novel coronavirus, CDC is beginning entry screening at three ports of entry. Investigations into this novel coronavirus are ongoing and we are monitoring and responding to this evolving situation.”

Martin Cetron, M.D., director of CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
coronavirus

The CDC confirmed the deployment of 100 staff to help the airports in their screening processes and bolster the existing staff at each air hub’s quarantine areas.

At least six other countries across Asia including Indonesia have begun similar efforts to stem the spread of the virus, The Associated Press reported. Travelers are also being warned to take precautions when visiting China ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations later this month.

Officials have been quick to shut down rumors of a SARS reemergence, going so far as to punish several people who spread such information online.

The CDC and CBP expect around 5,000 travelers to be screened within the next few weeks at all three airports combined. The first direct flight from Wuhan arrives Saturday, at SFO, The AP said.

Have a travel related news story you want us to cover? Contact us

Follow us on Facebook below or all the latest travel news


Tourists-Carve-Their-Names-In-Coral-In-Nusa-Penida-759x500
Previous
Tourists Carve Their Names Into 10,000 Year Old Coral In Nusa Penida
Ibiza Stamps Out Lawless Drunkenness With Tough New Alcohol Laws
Next
Ibiza Stamps Out Lawless Drunkenness With Tough New Alcohol Laws