Source: Scott A. Davis
WASHINGTON, DC – After learning that the Biden administration has transported Afghans into the United States infected with measles, malaria, and tuberculosis; the CDC has been forced to order thousands of evacuees from Afghanistan to be quarantined for three weeks after being inoculated against Measles at U.S. military bases.
In an advisory issued Monday to medical personnel caring for evacuees, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said it had requested the quarantine period to allow the vaccine to take effect. That guidance includes evacuees at both domestic and overseas U.S. bases.
More than 9,000 evacuees have been housed at Ramstein Air Base and Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Germany after their flights were halted after four Measles cases were discovered among Afghans arriving in the U.S.
Sandra Archer, a spokeswoman for the 86th Airlift Wing, said there was no date set for the resumption of flights:
“We’ll continue to follow CDC guidance and public health expert guidance during this temporary CDC pause.”
The CDC issued an official Health Advisory recommending that clinicians be on alert for cases of measles and other diseases among those brought to the U.S. from the evacuation of Afghanistan following the Taliban’s return to power:
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that clinicians be on alert for cases of Measles that meet the case definition, as well as other infectious diseases, including mumps, leishmaniasis, and malaria, among evacuees (including both Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens) from Afghanistan.
“Clinicians should immediately notify their local or state health department of any suspected cases of Measles.”
The advisory explains that Measles is an “extremely” contagious infectious disease. About nine out of 10 people who are close contacts and who are not protected will become infected following exposure to the Measles virus.
As of September 20, the CDC said it has been notified of 16 confirmed cases of Measles and 4 cases of mumps among Afghan and U.S. citizens arriving from Afghanistan.
Although evacuees are now being quarantined, the CDC admits many were released into the U.S. prior to being identified as infected:
“Evacuees who are in the United States are required to be vaccinated with MMR and complete a 21-day quarantine from the time of vaccination at U.S. ‘Safe Haven’ designated locations, such as military bases1.
“ Some evacuees left bases before Measles cases were identified and a mass vaccination campaign began. In addition, some evacuees who arrived in the United States early in the repatriation and resettlement process were transported to locations other than the current eight bases for temporary housing.”
There are also concerns being expressed about evacuees in the United States being infected with other viruses, including tuberculosis:
“The CDC is also aware of some cases of varicella, mumps, tuberculosis, malaria, leishmaniasis, hepatitis A, and COVID-19 among evacuees. Although COVID incidence in this population has been notably low, COVID immunization and testing is being provided for all evacuees.
“Environmental and personal hygiene, elimination of crowding, wearing masks, and safe food and water supplies will address most of these; however, individuals supporting this effort should ideally be vaccinated against hepatitis A, in addition to being current on routine U.S. immunizations.”
Although MMR vaccination is being required of evacuees, the Biden administration has refused to issue a mandate for Afghan migrants to be given COVID-19 vaccines at a time when the coronavirus just surpassed the total U.S. deaths from the 1918 Spanish Flue epidemic.
Afghan evacuees are offered the COVID-19 vaccine for free at several sites, but the procedure is not required. The Biden administration has not issued the same mandate to evacuees as he has for millions of Americans working for the federal government, healthcare, and educational settings.