US to screen Chinese travelers to check SARS-like virus

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

18th Jan, 2020. 09:59 am
Chinese passengers will be screened by the US authorities to detect the SARS-like virus.

Chinese passengers will be screened by the US authorities to detect the SARS-like virus.

The SARS-like virus is newly-identified and has two deaths.

Passengers traveling directly from China to the US or going through connecting flights will be screened.

Chinese passengers or people traveling to the US from Wuhan will have to take part in screening to discover the symptoms or presence of the SARS-like virus.

The screening will be carried out at three airports; Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York’s JFK.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official Nancy Messonnier informed that over 45 cases have been reported in China. Most of the cases were connected to seafood and live animal markets in Wuhan whereas two cases were reported from Japan and Thailand.

The dangers to Americans from the virus 2019-nCoV is low, according to CDC.

Around 100 additional staff will be appointed at the airport by CDC to test the passenger, including filing a questionnaire and checking the temperature.

Those who will show basic symptoms of the virus will have to undergo a rapid diagnostic test and additional screening.

According to the UN’s health agency, the virus was identified from a strain belonging to a broad family that ranged from the common cold to serious SARS. The strain was never seen before.

Note that a similar virus named SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) that has caused 349 deaths in China and 299 deaths in Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

 

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