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Screenings for the novel coronavirus that's sickened 48 people in China, Thailand and Japan will begin tonight for passengers arriving from Wuhan, the center of the to outbreak, at John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), US officials said Friday.
Saturday morning, screenings will also begin at San Francisco International Airport, which receives direct flights from Wuhan, as well as at Los Angles International Airport (LAX), which receives a comparable number of indirect flights.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials have created questionnaires about symptoms of the newly identified virus that's killed two people to distribute to passengers.
Those with symptoms will then be questioned more thoroughly and examined for fevers and undergo a diagnostic test for the virus on-site before potentially being referred to off-site and unidentified quarantine and assessment facilities.
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CDC officials say that the risk of exposure is currently considered low, but Dr Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said she thinks that it's 'more than likely that we'll see at least a case in the US' before the outbreak is over.
Dr Martin Cetron, director of the CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, said he estimates some 5,000 passengers will be screened in the US in the coming weeks.
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So far, Wuhan has not been conducting exit screens, but he said they may begin doing so on Friday.
'The current risk from this virus to the general public is low,' said Dr Messonnier during a Friday call with reporters.
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'For a family sitting around the dinner table tonight, it's not something they need to worry about.'
Nonetheless, she and the CDC are taking every precaution when it comes to protecting the US from the novel coronavirus that emerged at the end of last year in Wuhan.
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