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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol now screening for Coronavirus at the border

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 18:34:06-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — With a second case of the Coronavirus confirmed just north of the border in Toronto, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is taking added precautions while screening travelers.

Officers have been taught to look for signs of the virus when screening travelers at the border. So as you're traveling into the states, you might be asked some additional questions.

"Where are you traveling from? How long were you there for? How long has it been since you've been back?" said Officer Aaron Bowker, Public Affairs Liason for the CBP in Buffalo.

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This won't impact every traveler, just those who have recently traveled to China and those showing signs of illness. Those travelers will be isolated and screened by health officials.

"It's not necessarily about turning someone away, it's about the safety of the individuals and safety of the officers," said Officer Bowker.