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Strengthened sanitary and quarantine control on aircraft arriving from China to Vnukovo International Airport

23 january 2020

The Office of Rospotrebnadzor in Moscow strengthened sanitary-quarantine control at Vnukovo International Airport to prevent the import and spread of a disease caused by the new coronavirus in Moscow. A compulsory quarantine inspection of all aircraft arriving from China and Thailand has been organized.

SQC employees work all day together with the medical service of Vnukovo Airport.

In total, 509 flights were inspected from January 1st, 2020, 19 of them are from China. The number of examined passengers is 119,786, of which 6,261 people arrived from China.

On January 22nd, 2020, 16 flights were inspected, including one aircraft from China (Nanjing), on which were 341 passengers and 12 crew members.

Employees of the sanitary quarantine control (SQC) board the aircraft, where they carry out remote thermometry of passengers and interview crew members to identify patients with fever, respiratory symptoms. Repeated thermometry is carried out in the arrivals hall using stationary thermal imagers.

During the sanitary-quarantine control of flights from China to the Vnukovo International Airport, there were no complaints about the deterioration of well-being from passengers and crew. People with fever, respiratory symptoms were not detected.

Vnukovo Airport held a meeting on the complication of the epidemiological situation in China. Due to this situation, additional training was carried out for the staff of the health center of the airport complex to diagnose diseases caused by the new version of coronaviruses. Questions have been worked out on the selection of material from individuals with suspected community-acquired pneumonia for laboratory research. Methodical recommendations received in the territorial department of Rospotrebnadzor have been studied and shared with the employees of the health center.

In order to identify a patient with a new coronavirus infection and prevent its spread, additional measures were taken to strengthen sanitary and quarantine control at Vnukovo International Airport by the Moscow Office of Rospotrebnadzor following the algorithm developed by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being. Airlines' management has been given proposals to strengthen the disinfection regime, hold a training seminar for employees of cleaning companies, use air disinfection units, clean and ventilate airplanes, and carry out other anti-epidemic measures.

Together with the Moscow Department of Health, an algorithm was developed for the actions of medical staff in case of suspected new coronavirus infection;

control over the readiness of medical organizations to receive patients from unfortunate territories was ensured;

issues of immediate isolation of persons with suspected illness and the establishment of medical supervision of contact persons have been worked out;

measures have been taken to train medical personnel.

To prevent the spread of cases of diseases caused by the new coronavirus, Rospotrebnadzor recommends that tourists traveling to China observe the following precautions:

- when planning foreign trips, specify the epidemiological situation;

- do not visit markets where animals, seafood are sold;

- use only processed food, bottled water;

- do not attend zoos, cultural events involving animals;

- use respiratory protective equipment (masks);

- wash hands after visiting crowded places and before eating;

- at the first signs of the disease, seek medical help from medical organizations, do not allow self-medication;

- when applying for medical care on the territory of the Russian Federation, inform medical personnel about the time and place of stay in China.

The Moscow Office of Rospotrebnadzor recommends that you plan your trips in advance when visiting China and abstain from trips to Wuhan until the situation stabilizes.

The situation at Vnukovo Airport is under constant control of the Rospotrebnadzor department in Moscow.

One of the most essential activities of Rospotrebnadzor in Moscow is the implementation of sanitary-quarantine control at a checkpoint across the state border of the Russian Federation at Vnukovo International Airport, which is aimed to prevent the importation and spread of infectious diseases in our country, as well as to avoid import of goods, chemical, biological and radioactive substances that pose a danger to the population.

Vnukovo International Airport is one of the largest air transport complexes in Russia. Annually, the airport serves about 200 thousand flights of Russian and foreign airlines. The route network of the airport covers the entire territory of Russia, as well as neighboring countries, Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. In 2018, Vnukovo International Airport broke a historical record and served 21 million 478 thousand passengers, which is 18.4% or 3 million 340 thousand passengers more than in 2017.

The airport complex Vnukovo has a total area of about 300 thousand square meters. Vnukovo airport is able to provide capacity of up to 35 million passengers per year.

Vnukovo International Airport, the only one among the airports of Russia, received the award of the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin for his labor success and highly professional performance.

In addition, Vnukovo Airport was recognized as the best airport in the category “International Airport with passenger traffic of over 10 million passengers per year” of the national award “Air Gate of Russia” as part of the V National Aviation Infrastructure Show NAIS-2018. In 2019, Vnukovo Airport was recognized again as the best airport in the category “International Airport with passenger traffic of over 15 million passengers per year”.

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