Five people who arrived in Virginia from Afghanistan are suffering from measles or smallpox. Health officials gave this information on Tuesday. Four days ago, a US flight of Afghan refugees was stopped because of four cases of measles. These Afghan citizens who reached America were quarantined. All were checked. In the year 2000, the US had declared the country measles-free.
The Virginia Health Department said in a news release that these people are part of the US government’s evacuation operation after the Taliban occupation in Afghanistan. Although it did not provide information about where those who had measles or smallpox were kept, he did say that people who came in contact with the victims were being searched. It is suspected that some of those who were in this consignment of refugees from Afghanistan may have gone to Dallas International Airport, some to the US, and some to North Virginia. Along with this, those people who came in contact with such people in Richmond Hospital are also being identified who stayed with them for their treatment or for any other reason.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be spread through coughing, sneezing, or contact with droplets released from the nose and mouth. Most Americans have had a vaccine to prevent it. The patient suffers from this, there is a high fever, cough, and restlessness and there are red marks on the body. Along with this, it also damages the spinal cord, ear, and brain. If not treated on time, the patient may even die. In 2000, widespread vaccination was done in America and the disease was declared over.