SANTA ANA, California (AP) - A U.S. State Department official has told The Associated Press that a chartered plane sent to China to pick up Americans in the city of Wuhan has departed and is en route to the U.S.
Wuhan is the epicenter of a new virus that has sickened thousands and killed more than 100.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.
The plane left before dawn Wednesday, China time.
Its first stop is Anchorage, where travelers will be re-screened for the virus.
Hospitals are prepared to treat or quarantine people who may be infected.
Then the plane heads to California.
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