Guidance for Clinicians Caring for Individuals Recently Evacuated from Afghanistan

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance through a CDC Health Advisory for clinicians caring for individuals recently evacuated from Afghanistan. They should 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 that includes both Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens from Afghanistan. Clinicians should immediately notify their local or state health departments of any suspected cases of measles as well as recommend the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for unvaccinated patients. The CDC also recommends that evacuees also get up to date on vaccinations for varicella, polio, COVID-19 and season influenza.

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