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Passenger arrives at LAX with possible coronavirus symptoms

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Posted at 7:21 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 10:21:08-05

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A passenger who landed at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday night was hospitalized for a precautionary medical evaluation amid increased concerns over coronavirus.

ABC News reports it's unclear if the passenger, who arrived on a flight from Mexico City, has coronavirus or what symptoms were exhibited.

This development comes a day after Los Angeles County public health officials said it was "very possible'' the area will see at least one patient, given the number of people traveling between Southern California and China.

Officials stress there have been no local case of the China-based coronavirus, but insisted the county is prepared to respond to any cases.

On Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began conducting health screenings of passengers arriving at LAX from China in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Screenings were also implemented at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.

Barbara Ferrer, director of the Department of Public Health, said there have been an average of 40 to 60 passengers daily arriving at LAX from the Wuhan area since the health screenings began, and thus far, none of the people screened have been flagged for additional testing.

*Original story by ABC7.