Is Measles Making a Comeback?

Is Measles Making a Comeback?

( – The hits from President Joe Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal and evacuation keep coming, particularly when it comes to Afghan refugees. Several Afghans on terrorist watch lists attempted to enter the United States and other countries via sanctuary. Now, it appears that refugee arrival can bring with it the risk of a highly infectious disease, as well.

On Friday, September 10, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that the administration halted flights carrying Afghan refugees and allies to the United States.

When asked for details, Psaki said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requested the temporary suspension of US-bound flights “out of an abundance of caution” after discovering four measles cases among Afghans recently evacuated to the US.

Psaki said health officials quarantined those individuals in keeping with normal public health guidelines. She also told reporters the CDC had already initiated contact tracing. The administration currently requires all incoming refugees to receive measles vaccinations as a condition of entry. Additionally, health care workers are inoculating Afghans against measles, mumps and rubella at US military bases.

According to the CDC website, measles is an acute respiratory disease that remains highly infectious for several days, but it isn’t deadly.

We will keep you updated about any additional concerns regarding this breaking story as more information becomes available.

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