The White House has had to pause flights carrying Afghan refugees…
And it’s because of a measles outbreak.
The flights are going to remain grounded in Afghanistan for at least an additional seven days at the request of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The White House first announced the detection of measles back on September 10, and deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on September 13 that the flights were “still being halted, just out of an abundance of caution.”
The CDC describes the measles as “highly contagious,” saying that the “virus is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also be infected, and that the virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace even after an infected person leaves the area.”
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