Afghans arriving in the United States infected with measles, tuberculosis and malaria


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that Afghans brought to the United States carry viruses such as malaria, measles, and tuberculosis, as well as COVID-19.

The Health Organization said Afghans need to be vaccinated against measles and quarantined. Since last month, the Biden administration has brought in thousands of Afghan people after the government collapsed in the Taliban takeover.

As of Monday, authorities said, “We were notified by the public health department of 16 cases of measles among evacuees. All patients with confirmed measles were quarantined and provided with care. ” CDC said, “And their contacts were quarantined. Non-immune contacts were vaccinated with the MMR vaccine, or immunoglobulins if not eligible for the vaccine.” Refers to the vaccination of.

“Evacuees in the United States must be vaccinated against the MMR and complete 21 days of quarantine from the time of vaccination at US’safe heaven’designated locations such as military bases,” the CDC wrote. increase.

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On September 10, 2021, Afghan refugees line up for food in a cafeteria in Donyaana Village, Fort Bliss, New Mexico. (David Goldman / AP Photo)

In addition to rash, tuberculosis, and malaria, the CDC said it was concerned about evacuees who were more likely to have “cigerosis, giardiasis, cryptosporidium, hepatitis A, rotavirus, and viral diarrheal disease.” ..

According to the release, the CDC also recognizes cases of chickenpox, mumps, tuberculosis, malaria, leishmaniasis, hepatitis A, and COVID-19 evacuees. The incidence of COVID in this population is significantly lower. However, COVID immunization and testing is provided to all evacuees. “

Military bases containing Afghanistan include Fort Pickett in Virginia, Horoman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Marine Base Quantico in Virginia, Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, and Fort Bliss in Texas. Includes Fort Dix in New Mexico. Jersey and Indiana Camp Atterbury.

Since last month, the Taliban has taken over the country following the withdrawal of US troops, and the US troops have led the evacuation in a chaotic rush. Thousands of Americans are believed to have been evacuated, but far more Afghans have been flown abroad in military flights.

On Tuesday, the Taliban began appointing more officials to the country’s interim government.

Taliban lead spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir will be the Deputy Defense Minister and Sadr Ibrahim will be the Deputy Minister of Interior. They were expected to hold key positions in the new government, but neither was nominated on the list of key ministers released this month.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Jack phillips

Jack phillips

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Jack Phillips is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.