Enhanced Health Screening at Three U.S. Airports for Travelers Arriving from Wuhan, China to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus
January 21, 2020
On January 17, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), in coordination with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), began implementing enhanced health screening to detect ill travelers traveling to the United States on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, China. This activity is in response to an outbreak in China caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019 nCoV). Under the CDC directive, travelers arriving from Wuhan, China will undergo an entry screening for symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV at U.S. airports in San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK), and Los Angeles (LAX). CDC is deploying about 100 additional staff to the three airports (SFO, JFK, and LAX) to supplement existing staff at CDC quarantine stations located at those airports.
The first case of coronavirus in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020.