US suspends reception of Afghan refugees due to measles

Measles found among Afghan refugees

Doctors identified four cases of measles among Afghans who recently arrived in the United States, after which flights to the United States were temporarily paused.

The United States has temporarily stopped accepting flights with refugees from Afghanistan after several identified cases of measles. This was announced on Friday, September 10, White House spokesman Jen Psaki.

“Flights to the United States are temporarily paused at the request of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as a precautionary measure, as four measles cases have been identified among Afghans who recently arrived in the United States,” she said at a briefing.

Psaki noted that the sick Afghans have been quarantined, and the CDC is tracking their contacts. Psaki added that Afghans entering the United States are currently required to be vaccinated against measles.

Earlier on Friday, the Associated Press (AP) reported with reference to a document from the US administration that came to its disposal that the border and customs service had stopped flights to the United States from refugees on the recommendation of the CDC.

According to AP, the United States is checking the Afghans taken out of Afghanistan, mainly at two bases – in Qatar and in Germany (Ramstein airbase). The agency also pointed out that many of those evacuated to Ramstein stayed there for more than 10 days – more than the limit allowed by the FRG authorities when the US uses German territory for transit.

It was previously reported that the first commercial flight departed from Kabul after the Taliban came to power.

Before that, it was reported that US negotiates with the Taliban about new evacuation flights from Kabul. After the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan, there were about 100 American citizens who wanted to return to their homeland.

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