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Taiwan reports first Zika case this year

2017/04/13 19:08:30

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Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Taiwan has confirmed a new case of Zika virus infection, involving a man who worked in Africa, the first Zika virus case in the country this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported on Thursday.

The Taiwanese man in his 20s, from northern Taiwan, was confirmed positive for the virus after traveling to Angola in southern Africa between mid-March and early April, after developing a range of symptoms including a fever, headache, fatigue, rash and muscle pain.

Taiwan has reported 14 Zika cases since 2016, all of which originated overseas, the CDC said.

Among them, four were from Thailand, two each from Vietnam and Malaysia, and one each from Indonesia, Singapore, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Florida and Angola, CDC data shows.

CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said that although the World Health Organization declared last November that it no longer considers Zika to be a global public-health emergency, sporadic cases have been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, Central and Southern America.

Lo warned people planning to visit Zika-affected areas to take measures to reduce the chance of infection and suggested that pregnant women or women planning to get pregnant should avoid visiting high risk area.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)