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New case of domestic measles reported in northern Taiwan

2018/07/21 19:27:43

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Taipei, July 21 (CNA) A new case of measles that was contracted in northern Taiwan has been confirmed, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday.

The patient, in her 20s, had a cough and fever on July 13 and developed a face rash, the CDC said in a statement.

She sought medical attention on July 18 and 19, during which blood samples were taken, and the tests confirmed Saturday that she had a measles infection, the CDC said.

The patient has been quarantined at home, the CDC said, adding that health authorities so far have identified 72 people who came in contact with her.

The health of those persons will be monitored until the disease's incubation period passes on Aug. 6, according to the CDC.

CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said that the patient had no record of recent travel, but health authorities are not ruling out the possibility that she may have been infected by a neighbor who was diagnosed with an imported measles infection in June.

A total of 30 cases of measles have been reported in Taiwan so far this year, 18 of which were contracted domestically, CDC data showed.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Romulo Huang)