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One more case of measles confirmed in Taiwan

2019/03/11 20:49:01

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

Taipei, March 11 (CNA) A Taipei resident in her 20s has been confirmed to be infected with measles and is suspected of having had contact with 247 people during the incubation period, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The woman, who works at a restaurant in the ATT 4 Fun shopping center in Taipei's Xinyi District might have been infected through coming into contact with foreign tourists in her workplace, said CDC Deputy Director-General Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) in a statement issued Monday.

The patient developed a fever, cough and sore throat March 4 and experienced a rash on her body and face the next day. She sought treatment at a hospital March 6 and her infection was confirmed two days later.

The woman remains quarantined at home, according to Lo.

To date, 247 people considered to have had contact with the patient, including her family, colleagues and health care personnel have been traced. The contact tracing will continue until March 27.

Some of the places the infected woman visited during the incubation period for the disease from March 1-6 include the No. 912 bus which she took to and from work and a hotpot restaurant at Metrowalk Shopping Center in Taoyuan.

The CDC alerted people who use the same bus and have been to the same places the patient visited to beware of possible exposure to the measles virus. It asked those who might have had contact with the woman to conduct self-health management for 18 days.

The reported new case has brought the total number of confirmed measles cases in Taiwan to 29 since the beginning of this year, 16 contracted at home and 13 from abroad.

Among the 16 indigenous cases, eight have been linked to imported cases, the CDC said.

Lo reminded the public that measles is highly contagious and now is the peak transmission season. Outbreaks in some Asian countries have been growing, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, China, India and Indonesia, he said.

As of Feb. 24, the number of measles cases in Japan has risen to 258, the highest in the same period since 2009, Lo added.

Parents are urged to ensure timely vaccination of children under one year and to avoid taking unvaccinated children to affected areas.

If such travel is unavoidable, it is recommended that children over 6 months and under 1 year should receive one dose of self-paid MMR vaccine at a local clinic prior to travel.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Evelyn Kao)