The Centers for Disease Control has paused flights for Afghan evacuees for at least another seven days because of measles cases that were detected among recent arrivals.
Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “‘Operation Allies Welcome’ flights into the United States remain paused at the request of the CDC for at least seven additional days, again, out of an abundance of caution, because of recent diagnosed cases of measles among Afghans who recently arrived in the U.S.”
Those who were diagnosed wtih measles “were being housed separately in accordance with public health guidelines,” Jean-Pierre said, adding that the CDC is conducting contact tracing.
Afghanistan has the seventh-highest number of measles cases in the world, according to the CDC.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that the U.S. government was looking into vaccinating refugees while they are still overseas before they would come into the country.
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