Fears are rising over the spread of China's deadly Wuhan virus, which has now reached the US. Here's how airports around the world are trying to stop it.
- Airports and health authorities are seeking to contain a virus that has killed nine people in China and had cases confirmed in four other countries.
- The virus, called 2019-nCoV, originated in the city of Wuhan, and airports are stepping up efforts to screen and quarantine passengers from the city - and in some cases all of China.
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Authorities across the globe are seeking to stop the spread of a mysterious virus that has killed nine people and infected more than 400 in China.
The virus, called 2019-nCoV, originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, which is home to 11 million people and serves as a major transport hub for travel both within China and internationally.
Cases of the virus have spread across China and some have been identified in other countries, including the US, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, while other countries have suspected cases.
Authorities say the virus can spread from human to human, and are extra concerned about travel spreading the virus as hundreds of millions of people prepare to move within China and to other countries to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Here's how airports around the world are trying to stop the spread of the virus:
China is checking the temperature of all passengers taking off from Wuhan temperatures — doing so in bus terminals and train stations as well as airports.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been screening and introducing quarantine measures in major airports, and funneling all passengers from Wuhan through them.
The UK is monitoring flights, and directing flights from Wuhan to an isolated part of the airport.
Japan is screening passengers, and giving them a health questionnaire.
Hong Kong is carrying out checks, and cleaning planes and trains coming from Wuhan.
Thailand is reportedly screening arrivals from other parts of China, and not just Wuhan.
South Korea is bringing travellers from Wuhan through special gates at airports.
Singapore is inspecting all passengers from China, and isolating people with symptoms.
Australia has no cases yet, but expects the virus to arrive soon, and is preparing itself.
India is expanding screening to more efforts, checking passengers from all of China and Hong Kong, and is making in-flight announcements.
Rome is checking incoming Wuhan passengers, and said it could potentially quarantine them in hospital.
Airlines are also taking their own steps.
These methods might not be enough, as there are other ways to travel to these countries, and other countries that are not yet screening.
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