Passengers flying into three of the busiest U.S. airports from Wuhan, China, or via connecting flights will be screened for a deadly new virus that has sickened dozens in China and already spread in Southeast Asia.
U.S. health and immigration officials will start screening passengers on direct flights from Wuhan for symptoms such as coughs and fever Friday night at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Direct flights to San Francisco International Airport, and connecting flights ending at Los Angeles International Airport, will be added to the screening program on Saturday.
There are expected to be about 5,000 passengers arriving in the next few weeks during the Chinese Lunar New Year, the peak travel time for the 60,000 people who come from Wuhan each year, said Martin Cetron, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of global migration and quarantine. The agency has added 100 staff members at the three airports to help conduct the screening.