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Taiwan confirms first two cases of imported measles this year

2019/01/16 22:03

CDC Deputy Director General Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞, center) / CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Two imported cases of measles have been confirmed in Taiwan, the first in the country this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.

The two people tested positive for measles on Wednesday after returning from trips to Vietnam and the Philippines, respectively, the CDC said in a statement.

The two men, both from northern Taiwan, started experiencing symptoms of measles on Jan. 7 and Jan. 8, respectively, and broke out in a rash on Jan. 11, the CDC said.

As of press time Wednesday, one man was at home resting, while the other was still undergoing treatment at a hospital, the CDC said.

In an interview Wednesday, CDC Deputy Director General Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) said one of the men had contact with 118 people, some of whom were at his company's year-end banquet at a restaurant in Zhongli District in Taoyuan on Jan. 12.

The people who sat near the man at the banquet will be monitored for any signs of measles, Lo said. The other man, meanwhile, had contact with 216 people, who will also be monitored until Feb. 2, when the incubation period for the measles virus would have passed, Lo said.

According to the CDC, some of the places the two infected men visited over the past week were a congee restaurant in New Taipei's Banqiao District at around 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 and a vegetarian restaurant also in Banqiao District at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 11.

People who were in those places at those times are advised to wear a mask and seek medical attention if they develop symptoms such as fever, rhinitis, pink eye, coughing and a red rash within 18 days, Lo said.

According to CDC data, the two cases of measles were the first reported in Taiwan this year.

Between 2015 and 2019, there were of 91 confirmed cases of measles in Taiwan, 33 of which were contracted abroad, CDC data showed.

(By Chen Wei-ting and William Yen)Enditem/pc