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Overseas Network, September 8th On September 5, local time, an outbreak of measles broke out in the Afghan refugee settlement in Wisconsin, USA. People who have been in contact with the infected person have been quarantined. Related preventive measures and vaccination work are in progress.
According to Fox News, a measles case has been reported at Fort McCoy Army Base in Wisconsin, which has received tens of thousands of Afghan refugees. A senior U.S. government official confirmed that the measles case was discovered during a health screening process.
An internal US government email stated that Fort McCoy has suspended receiving evacuees from Afghanistan and is working to procure vaccines. A spokesperson for the base said that they do not have the right to provide specific information about the cases, and the base will provide medical examinations and immunizations for Afghans as needed.
According to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles is a highly contagious virus that can be spread through droplets such as sneezing, coughing, and talking. The virus can survive for nearly 2 hours at room temperature, and after contact with susceptible people, more than 90% of them will get sick. According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Afghanistan has the seventh highest number of measles cases in the world. (Overseas Net/Li Fang Intern Compilation/Hao Zicen)
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