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Dengue fever patient fined for misleading officials

2017/09/14 21:05:28

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Kaohsiung, Sept. 14 (CNA) The Kaohsiung City government's Department of Health on Thursday fined a man who arrived in the country on Sept. 7 through Kaohsiung International Airport and was believed to have contracted dengue fever, but provided investigators with false contact information.

The department said in a statement that the man from Thailand was subjected to a blood test after being stopped at a fever screening station at the airport and found to have a fever of 38 degrees Celsius. He was then provided with a copy of the Notifications of Compulsory Health Measures for Arriving Passengers with suspicious symptoms.

Pan Chao-ying (潘炤穎), head of Kaohsiung Centers for Disease Control, said in an interview with the Central News Agency that the results from the blood test came back positive on Sept. 8. However, the man could not be immediately located for a second confirmation test as he had provided officials with false contact data.

After a search conducted by multiple agencies, the man was found through Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital Wednesday.

Pan said the man was fined NT$15,000 (US$498) under the Communicable Disease Control Act for misleading authorities, leaving false information and not following instructions to seek medical attention within 24 hours.

(By Wang Shu-fen and William Yen)
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