Story at a glance

  • The Center for Disease Control will add staff to about 20 airports in the U.S.
  • This comes as 110 U.S. citizens are being closely monitored for the virus
  • The U.S. State Department and Vice President Mike Pence have issued travel warnings to Wuhan.

The U.S. has made plans to increase staff at approximately 20 airports to mitigate the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, which has already infected a reported 110 people in the U.S.

Conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the screenings initially began in popular airports in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Atlanta for passengers returning from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus. 

CNN also reports that U.S. citizens who work or live abroad in Wuhan have been ordered to evacuate the city by the U.S. State Department. The State Department reportedly chartered a flight from the Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan to arrive in California, including a quick fuel stop in Anchorage, Alaska.  

Around 240 U.S. personnel are expected to arrive in Anchorage, per the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services official Clinton Bennett. There are currently about 1,000 U.S. citizens living in Wuhan. The State Department will be transporting a “limited capacity” on Jan. 28, according to a press release from the U.S. Beijing Embassy

The State Department previously issued a Level 3 advisory warning for Wuhan, which means that American should avoid "nonessential travel," according to the CDC.

The New York Times reports that infections between Asia and the U.S. have exceeded 4,500, and the death toll has surpassed 100. 

The Hill has reached out to the CDC for a complete list of affected U.S. airports.  

Published on Jan 28, 2020