Coronavirus screenings expanding to Bush Airport

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Centers for Disease Control announced it will expand screenings for the coronavirus to 15 additional airports, including Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The CDC is currently screening passengers on direct and connecting flights from Wuhan, China at five major airports in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

According to a tweet, Houston airports are waiting for further guidance on when the screenings will begin.

"[Bush Airport] stands ready with our partners to ensure the community is protected," read the tweet.

"We are closely monitoring the latest developments and will post updates on and our other social media channels," read a third tweet.

There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Texas.

A day after Texas A&M officials announced one of its students tested negative for coronavirus, a student at Baylor was also cleared.

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The virus can cause fever, coughing, wheezing and pneumonia. It is a member of the coronavirus family that's a close cousin to the deadly SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.

Dozens of people have died from the virus in China, which has issued massive travel bans in hard-hit sections of that country to try to stem spread of the virus. The U.S. consulate in Wuhan announced Sunday that it would evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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