Missouri Health Department urges health care providers to monitor for coronavirus symptoms

Henrietta Strickland
January 24, 2020

The flight landed at LAX at approximately 6:45 p.m. Wednesday and was greeted by firefighters and Los Angeles police.

A family member traveling on American Airlines flight 2546 from Mexico City had flu-like symptoms, an airport spokesperson said.

The possible case came after health officers in Los Angeles County said there were no reported coronavirus cases in L.A. county.

Passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California, on January 22, 2020. "We are in close contact with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health officials and will coordinate with them on any required health and safety-related measures". We will keep everyone informed as more information becomes available. "We are urging the public to remain calm, as it is very unlikely that they are at risk of contracting this virus", Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health, said in a statement.

The development comes as an unidentified Washington State man who recently returned from Wuhan, China - where the illness appears to have originated from - was confirmed to have caught the disease.

Upon returning to the state, the man began experiencing pneumonia-like symptoms and told his doctor about his travel history.

Authorities in China, where the outbreak began, say 17 people have died and more than 500 have been infected with the new virus. Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong reported their first cases on Thursday. Health officials in China originally claimed most patients in Wuhan contracted the virus from live animals at a seafood market, suggesting it did not spread directly from every person. However, Chinese government scientists Zhong Nanshan ever since state television revealed that the virus can be transmitted between people. Screenings were also implemented at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. The CDC announced that it would begin monitoring travelers at Chicago O'Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta global airports starting this week.

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