You will soon see new signs at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at major U.S. gateway airports, if you have not already.
The signs were requested by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and warn passengers about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. The CDC says the first case of the syndrome was documented in the United States on May 2, when a traveler arrived from Saudi Arabia with symptoms. Another case was documented on May 11, also in a recent traveler from Saudi Arabia.
Here’s a synopsis of the illness from the CDC website:
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. It is different from any other coronavirus previously found in people. We don’t know where the virus came from or exactly how it spreads. However, it likely came from an animal source. All reported cases to date have been linked to the Arabian Peninsula.
Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. More than 30% of people with MERS have died. Most of the people who died had an underlying medical condition. Some infected people had mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
The signs are going up at these airports:
New York (JFK )
Los Angeles (LAX)
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
San Francisco (SFO)
Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP)
San Diego (SAN)
Las Vegas (LAS)