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CDC Health Advisory: Guidance for Clinicians Caring for Individuals Recently Evacuated from Afghanistan

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The CDC has issued a Health Advisory asking clinician to be on alert for cases of measles, mumps, leishmaniasis, malaria, and other infectious diseases among evacuees (including both Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens) from Afghanistan. As of September 20, 2021, CDC has been notified of 16 confirmed cases of measles and 4 cases of mumps among Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens, recently arriving from Afghanistan and continued vigilance is needed.

Clinicians caring for individuals recently evacuated from Afghanistan are asked to recommend the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to unvaccinated patients as well as to make sure that they are up to date on vaccinations for varicella, polio, COVID-19, and seasonal influenza.

Immediately notify your local health department about any suspected cases of measles or polio. Report other infectious diseases as required per Reportable Diseases and Conditions.

Los Angeles County DPH Acute Communicable Disease Control:

  • Weekdays 8:30am–5pm: call 213-240-7941
  • After-hours: call 213-974-1234 and ask for the physician on call.

Long Beach Health and Human Services:

  • Weekdays 8am-5pm: call 562-570-4302.
  • After hours: call the duty officer at 562-500-5537

Pasadena Public Health Department:

  • Weekdays 8am-5pm: call 626-744-6089
  • After hours: call 626-744-6043.

See CDC HAN 452: Guidance for Clinicians Caring for Individuals Recently Evacuated from Afghanistan -- September 20, 2021