Coronavirus screening expands to 15 more US airports
The CDC will focus on 20 total airports with quarantine stations
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded monitoring for coronavirus among travelers to 15 more U.S. airports with quarantine stations, the CDC said on Monday.
The CDC had already implemented "enhanced health screenings" for travelers who had passed through Wuhan, China, and landed in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City last week. The practice has now been expanded to a total of 20 airports with quarantine stations in the U.S.
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George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston is one of them.
"At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Texas," the airport wrote on Twitter. "As a preventative measure, the CDC has announced it will expand screenings to 15 additional airports which includes George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport."
The United States and several other nations prepared Tuesday to airlift citizens out of the Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak that has killed more than 100 people.
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The U.S. government chartered a plane to fly out diplomats from the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, where the outbreak started, and other Americans. The plane will make a refueling stop in Alaska before flying on to Ontario, California, the U.S. Embassy said.
The quarantine stations are in:
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Seattle, Washington
- San Francisco, California
- Los Angeles, California
- San Diego, California
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- El Paso, Texas
- Dallas, Texas
- Houston, Texas
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Chicago, Illinois
- Detroit, Michigan
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Miami, Florida
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Washington, D.C.
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Newark, New Jersey
- New York, New York
- Boston, Massachusetts
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U.S. health officials expanded their recommendation for people to avoid non-essential travel to any part of China rather than just Wuhan and other areas most affected by the outbreak.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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