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DOH warns people in contact with China man infected with measles

2012/05/02 22:46:05

Taipei, May 2 (CNA) People who had contact with a recently departed Chinese visitor infected with measles should closely monitor their health for a number of days, an official of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.

Chou Jih-haw, CDC deputy director general, said the man from Jiangsu Province arrived April 18 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport from Nanjing aboard a flight being operated by Taiwan-based Uni Air.

The man, traveling with a tour group, developed a fever April 21 and was confirmed with having measles the following day. After treatment in quarantine, he left Taiwan April 27.

Patients and medical personnel at the hospital where the man was treated, as well as passengers sitting three rows in front and behind him on the flight, should exercise health self-management until May 6, Chou said, adding that the number of affected people totaled 89.

"All those people who had contacts with the man are having their health monitored, and we have yet to find any suspicious symptoms among them," Chou said.

Chou said the man also traveled on the No. 4187 train between Hualien and Yilan on April 24, so passengers who were on the train should also exercise self health-management for 18 days until May 12.

Chou said that there have been five imported measles cases so far this year, with one each from Thailand and India, and the remaining three cases all coming from Jiangsu Province.

The case last month was the first to involve a member of a Chinese tour group.

The deputy director asked people who have a cough, running nose or red eye (conjunctivitis) to call hot lines 1922 or 0800-001-922 for information or assistance.

(By Lung Jui-yun and Lilian Wu)