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Zika virus disease is an emerging mosquito-borne virus caused by Aedes mosquitoes. To date, there is no known vaccine or treatment to combat the virus. Cases of Zika virus infections have been reported in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific.

Prevention and Control of Zika Virus in China

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of China, issued an announcement regarding Prevention Measures of Zika Virus into China to prevent and control the virus from spreading across Mainland China. The Law of the People’s Republic of China on Frontier Health Quarantine Inspection set out its implementing rules on Public Health Emergency Ordinance and International Health Regulations (2005). The relevant provisions of the announcement dated March 2, 2016 are shown below:

  • “Transportation vehicles as well as containers from Zika affected countries or region shall have conducted effective mosquito eradication measures. In case unable to provide proof eradication action, immediate mosquito eradication will need to be performed under the supervision of the inspection and quarantine authority. Strict quarantine inspection shall be observed on transportation vehicles, cargo, containers, luggage and postal parcels from those affected counties and region.”
  • “Port authorities should take effective mosquito eradication measure to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and reduce the mosquito density in the port area. Inspection and port authorizes shall strengthen border sanitation and health supervision work, to prevent the mosquito in port area spreading Zika virus and other infectious diseases.”

This said notice is valid for 12 months from the date of publication. Countries and regions with subsequent occurrence of local Zika virus infection should comply according to the implementation of this announcement.

Based on a report dated March 31, 2016 by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, there were 45 countries and territories that have been reported to have autochthonous cases of Zika virus in the past two months. These include:

American Samoa, Aruba, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Bonaire, Cape Verde, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Kosrae, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, US Virgin Islands

What Can SGS Do?

  • Provide expert fumigation services that will eradicate and prevent mosquito carrying Zika virus for all shipments bound to China

  • Ensure timely issuance of all relevant reports to confirm that mosquito eradication and prevention has been carried out successfully
  • Quick response to and deployment for each fumigation requirement for every shipment

A valid SGS certificate will help the shipper or the buyer save on costs and time by speeding up the quarantine clearance time.

For more information on how SGS can assist in expediting your shipments to China, please contact:

Reigine Reyes or Harold Ebora
Pest and Fumigation Management
SGS Philippines, Inc.
t: +63 2 784 9400 local 701 or +63 2 623 7639 
m: +63 917 570 8013

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