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US to Screen Airline Passengers from China for New Illness

US to Screen Airline Passengers from China for New Illness Photo: WDIO-TV

MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer
Created: January 17, 2020 03:58 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. health officials have announced they will begin screening airline passengers from central China for a new virus that is making people sick.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday it would begin the screening immediately. People traveling from Wuhan, China, will have their temperature checked and be asked about symptoms.

The CDC said it's part of an effort to better detect and prevent a newly identified virus that emerged in China last month and has sickened dozens of people and been tied to two deaths.

The CDC started a similar screening program at U.S. airports in 2014 during a large outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. 
 

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MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer

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