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About the epidemic caused by coronavirus (NCOV) in China

The epidemiological situation in the world remains complex. In recent years, the world community has been concerned by a large-scale epidemic of Ebola in African countries, Zika in the countries of the South American region, as well as in a number of countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region, an outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil, current epidemic caused by the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, the growing epidemiological situation of the new coronavirus in China.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) with the support of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) and the Airports Council International (ACI), established and implement the CAPSCA Global Program (on the IAC web-site section ACTIVITIES-Aviation medicine-CAPSCA).

CAPSCA coordinates the aviation security response in the public health area from the importation and spread of particularly dangerous infectious diseases within the state and at the interregional level. The ICAO European and North Atlantic Office (EUR / NAT) of the IAC has been approved as an organization participating in CAPSCA EUR and as a coordinator for cooperation with civil aviation authorities in the states-members to the Agreement on Civil Aviation and Use of Airspace.

In order to consolidate the efforts of the CIS member states in the fight against infectious diseases, in order to develop common approaches on the prevention, detection, timely response and emergency response in the field of public health while ensuring civil aviation flights, the Interstate Aviation Committee and the CIS Executive Committee have prepared relevant documents.

In order to organize coordinated actions of the aviation community and health authorities aimed at preventing threats to public health in civil aviation, as well as common approaches in planning the preparedness of the states Parties to the Agreement for emergency situations in aviation, it is proposed to consider the practical implementation of the “Typical Civil Aviation Preparedness (State) Plan for Public Health Emergencies of international importance” and “Methodological recommendations on the organization and conduct of sanitary and anti-epidemic (preventive) measures in case of detection of a patient (suspected of being infected) with an infectious disease constituting an emergency situation in the field of public health of international concern when performing civil aviation flight operations”, which are posted on the IAC website in the ACTIVITIES-Aviation medicine-CAPSCA - Coronavirus Information section.