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Alaska airport takes precautions handling cargo movements to and from China

ALASKA's Ted Stevens Anchorage international airport (ANC) is continuing routine air cargo operations with precautions in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus

11 February 2020 - 19:00

ALASKA's Ted Stevens Anchorage international airport (ANC) is continuing routine air cargo operations with precautions in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Crew members of cargo flights arriving at ANC from Chinese cities other than Wuhan are excluded from the presidential proclamation, which suspends entry of immigrants and non-immigrants who have visited mainland China in the past 14 days.



Cargo flights from China are only landing at ANC to prevent the interruption of cargo traffic while providing guidance measures to safeguard the health of both the crew and the general public.



All incoming cargo crew are advised to strictly adhere to the interim health guidance issued on by the US federal aviation administration and the US department of health and human services on February 2.



Flight crew on cargo flights from destinations in China undergo an initial health screening by US customs and border protection agents at the ANC's North Terminal. Anyone with signs or symptoms of respiratory illness will undergo further health screening by CDC Quarantine Station staff, with subsequent notification of the Alaska department of health and social services (DHSS), as appropriate.



No scheduled passenger flights from China are currently landing in Alaska.



Letters and packages received from China are not considered a health risk according to the CDC. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of the virus associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of coronavirus in the United States associated with imported goods, reports Singapore's Splash 247.


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