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measles: 5 who arrived in Virginia from Afghanistan have measles – World News


RICHMOND: Five people who recently travelled to Virginia from Afghanistan have been diagnosed with measles, state health officials said Tuesday. The cases are being reported four days after the United States halted in-bound flights of Afghan evacuees following the discovery of a few cases of measles among new arrivals.
The Virginia Department of Health said in a news release that the people were part of the US government’s emergency evacuation efforts from Afghanistan, which recently came under Taliban rule.
Virginia health officials did not offer specifics Tuesday regarding where the people who are infected are located. But they said they’re working to identify and contact people who may have been exposed in three parts of the state.
Those places include Dulles International Airport, where some refugees flew into the US, and other parts of northern Virginia. Health officials are also working to notify people potentially exposed at an unidentified Richmond hospital. They’re also working to identify exposures at Fort Pickett, an Army National Guard base southwest of Richmond that is providing temporary housing to recently arrived evacuees.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with droplets from the nose, mouth or throat. Most Americans are vaccinated against it as children.


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