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Taiwan confirms second case of cholera this year

2017/11/07 20:42:06

Philip Lo (羅一鈞, CNA file photo)

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) A Taiwanese man was diagnosed with cholera in late October, marking the second confirmed case of the disease in Taiwan this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.

The man, in his 40s, is believed to have contracted the disease during a recent visit to the Philippines, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said in weekly report on diseases in Taiwan.

Lo said the man fell ill with diarrhea and vomiting while he was visiting the Philippines with eight friends around the end of October and was diagnosed with cholera upon his return to Taiwan.

Two of the eight people have also developed diarrhea and vomiting and are scheduled to be tested for cholera, Lo said.

It was the second confirmed case of cholera in Taiwan this year, with the first one originating within the country, Lo said.

He advised people to refrain from eating uncooked food or drinking water from local sources when visiting countries where cholera is prevalent.

Cholera is an infection of the small intestine caused by specific strains of bacteria that are found in food or drink contaminated by human feces. The typical symptoms are severe watery diarrhea and vomiting, which may lead to dehydration and death.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Kuan-lin Liu)