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CDC expanding coronavirus screening to two more airports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week will expand screening of passengers arriving from Wuhan, China, to two more U.S. airports: Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. This is in addition to screening at three airports that began on January 17: Los Angeles International, San Francisco International and New York JFK.

The announcement was made after the first travel-related case in the U.S. was detected Tuesday. A traveler who had been in central China landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on January 15 and reported pneumonia-like symptoms to his doctor on January 19. A test confirmed he had contracted the virus.

The CDC said all travelers flying between Wuhan, in central China, and the United States will be rerouted through one of those five airports in order to contain the spread of the virus. Passengers who are screened will have their temperature checked and will be asked questions.

The CDC travel notice for the region was raised from Level 1, practice usual precautions, to Level 2, practice enhanced precautions. The increased level resulted from indications that older adults with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease.

You can monitor https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0117-coronavirus-screening.html for updates on health precautions being taken for the virus.