On Thursday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice for Afghanistan due to an ongoing measles outbreak.
Federal health officials report cases have been reported in all provinces, with the highest rates occurring in Paktya, Balkh, Kunduz, Zabul, Kandahar, and Logar.
The latest numbers according to local media are 18,000 children infected, including 142 deaths since the beginning of the year.
CDC says all travelers to Afghanistan, including infants and preschool-aged children, should be fully vaccinated against measles according to Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) immunization schedules.
Travelers should seek medical care if they develop a rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, or red, watery eyes. Measles is highly contagious. Travelers with suspected measles should notify the healthcare facility before visiting so staff can implement precautions to prevent spread within the facility.
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