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Taiwan reports 4th imported Zika infection

2016/08/04 10:49:38

Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) Taiwan has confirmed its fourth imported case of Zika virus infection, involving a 43-year-old Taiwanese woman who appears to have contracted the disease in the Caribbean, the country's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday.

It is the first confirmed case of Zika infection involving a Taiwanese national.

The woman spent five months in the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent with her husband and went to see a doctor for nausea, a fever, joint pain and muscle pain on July 26, two days after returning to Taiwan, said CDC Director-General Kuo Hsu-sung (郭旭松).

The patient consulted a doctor again on July 29 after developing reddish rash on her face and limbs, said Kuo. Test results confirmed she had been infected with the Zika virus on Aug. 3, he said at a press conference.

Lab tests show that the virus that the woman had contracted belongs is similar to the one found in the French territory of Martinique, Panama and Colombia.

The woman, who is not pregnant, has been asked to refrain from getting in contact with others until Aug. 6 and to not become pregnant in the next two months, said Kuo.

Zika infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other brain malformations in some babies.

Taiwan's three previous Zika cases involved two Thai nationals and a fishery worker from Indonesia.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Jay Chen)