The Biden administration said on Friday that the United States has temporarily suspended flights with Afghan evacuees on board from entering the country after several measles cases were confirmed among recent arrivals. “‘Operation Allies Welcome’ flights into the United States have been temporarily paused at the request of the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and out of an abundance of caution because of four diagnosed cases of measles among Afghans who recently arrived in the United States,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday. Several of the individuals who tested positive for measles, she added, are being quarantined by the CDC. The agency started contact tracing to determine who may have been exposed to the viral infection. According to the CDC, measles is a “highly contagious” virus that can be spread by coughing, sneezing, and by people breathing contaminated air or touching contaminated surfaces and then touching …


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