VDH Reaching Out After Measles Cases

Five Among Afghan Population at Fort Pickett and NOVA
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Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - The Virginia Department of Health says it is reaching out to people in Central and Northern Virginia, after confirming five cases of measles among the Afghan Refugee population. Afghans fleeing the Taliban have been entering the country through Dulles International Airport, and have been processed at locations thae include Fort Pickett in Nottoway County.

The VDH says the Richmond and Henrico Health District has worked with a hospital in Richmond to identify potential exposures there on September 10th. The health district covering Nottoway is also working with potential exposures at Fort Pickett, and Northern Virginia health districts a working to identify exposures at Dulles and other locations.

Measles is highly contagious and spread through coughing and sneezing. Most Americans, however, are vaccinaetd against the disease in childhood. It is not typically but can be fatal.

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