CDC: Watch for Measles, Other Diseases Among Evacuees From Afghanistan

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that clinicians be on alert for several types of diseases – including measles and mumps – among evacuees who were part of the recent U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, including both Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens.

As of Sept. 20, CDC was notified of 16 cases of measles and four cases of mumps among evacuees recently arriving from that country. The agency recommends clinicians treating evacuees be on the lookout for measles, mumps, leishmaniasis, and malaria, and recommends the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine for unvaccinated patients. CDC also recommends that evacuees be up to date on vaccinations for COVID-19, varicella, polio, and the seasonal flu.

Full CDC guidance for clinicians caring for recent evacuees from Afghanistan is available on the CDC website.

Last Updated On

September 27, 2021

Originally Published On

September 27, 2021

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