FAST FIVE: US Begins Airport Screenings After Second Patient With SARS-Like Pneumonia Dies In China
US Begins Airport Screenings After Second Patient With SARS-Like Pneumonia Dies In China The US will begin screening airline passengers beginning Friday after a SARS-like pneumonia outbreak in central China has claimed a second life after a 69-year-old man died on Wednesday, according to the Straits Times. “To further protect the health of the American public during the emergence of this novel coronavirus, CDC is beginning entry screening at three ports of entry,” said CDC official Martin Cetron, adding “We're expecting that the screening over the next couple of weeks could include as many as 5000 people” starting Friday night.
The three airports are; San Francisco International, New York's JFK, and Los Angeles International.
According to the report, five patients are in critical condition, twelve have been cured and discharged, and two have died.
Unlike SARS, which killed almost 800 people, the new virus doesn't appear to spread easily between people.
Much remains to be understood about the new coronavirus, which was first identified in China earlier this month, the World Health Organization said in a statement Thursday in response to the case in Japan.