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San Francisco Quarantine Station


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) operates a quarantine station in San Francisco. The station’s jurisdiction includes the 47 counties of Northern California as well as the state of Wyoming.

Quarantine Station Activities

  • Respond to reports of illness or death on airplanes and cruise and cargo vessels at international ports of entry within jurisdiction.
  • Review medical records of migrants who will reside permanently in the United States. Notify state and local health departments and refer any migrants with specific medical conditions.
  • Partner with other federal agencies, local and state health departments, private medical providers, and hospitals in preparedness activities related to quarantine and isolation at ports of entry.
  • Monitor importations that may have pathogens infectious to humans.
  • Partner with health departments regarding emergency response, migrant health, and other public health issues.

Ports of Entry Statistics 2009-2010

Major Airport Arrivals

San Francisco International Airport
  • 4,220,672 international passengers
    • 23,319 immigrants
    • 1,000 refugees
  • 67 international flights daily
  • 495,132 air cargo shipments
Oakland International Airport
  • 81,000 international passengers
San Jose International Airport
  • 65,056 international passengers

Major Seaport Arrivals

San Francisco Bay
  • 60-80 cruise ships with 200,000 passengers
  • 53 cargo vessels with 1,184,135 mt total cargo

Contact Information

(650) 876-2872 24-hour access

On call: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Office Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. PT

CDC San Francisco Quarantine Station

San Francisco International Airport
P.O. Box 280548, SFIA
San Francisco, CA 94128-0548

Fax: (650) 876-2796