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Four hospitalized after flight from China lands in San Diego

Posted at 11:05 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 23:05:10-05

SAN DIEGO -- Four of the 167 people aboard a flight from China that landed at MCAS Miramar in San Diego Wednesday morning have been taken to the hospital.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the four individuals were determined to have fever or cough that warranted being taken to the hospital for “further evaluation.”

The department says two adults were taken to UC San Diego Health while one adult and a child were transported to Rady Children’s Hospital.

A spokesperson for Rady Children's Hospital said the patient will be kept in an isolation room prepared to take possible coronavirus patients. The hospital reiterated that they are prepared to handle possible coronavirus patients if needed.

The transports are part of the CDC’s plan to make sure that anyone showing signs of illness consistent with the novel coronavirus during the quarantine period will be taken to the hospital for isolation, evaluation and care.

The CDC said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference that the passengers were at a high risk of exposure. Everyone aboard the flight was screened for the virus before takeoff, during the flight and after arrival.

The remainder of the patients will be kept in quarantine for 14 days from the time the plane left Wuhan.

This marks the first time in 50 years the CDC has issued a quarantine order of this magnitude.

This article was written by Zac Self for KGTV .