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New case of imported measles reported at Taipei airport: CDC

2018/12/24 22:50

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Taipei, Dec. 24 (CNA) A new imported case of measles has been confirmed in Taipei after an EVA Air ground staff employee tested positive for the virus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday.

The man, in his 30s, was infected with the measles while traveling in Cambodia between late November and early December and developed symptoms after returning to Taiwan and his job at Taipei Songshan Airport.

The man had a fever and diarrhea on Dec. 15 and sought medical attention the next day.

On Dec. 18, he developed a cough, a sore throat and rashes and was admitted to the hospital two days later, according to the CDC.

The man was confirmed Monday as having contracted the measles, and he is set to be discharged from the hospital Tuesday, the CDC said.

Since his return to Taiwan, he has worked at the airport and used city buses and the subway system, and health authorities have identified 166 people who came in contact with him, including those in his workplace and health care professionals.

The health of those persons will be monitored until the disease's incubation period passes on Jan. 9, according to the CDC.

A total of 38 measles cases have been reported in Taiwan so far this year, 11 of which were contracted abroad, according to the latest CDC data.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)Enditem/ls