Taipei, Four new measles cases have been reported in Taiwan, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday, and it warned that some of the patients visited airports and public places during the period of communicability.
Of the four, three were imported cases and one was a domestic case, CDC Deputy DirectorGeneral Lo Yichun said in a statement Monday.
One of the imported cases involved a 7monthold infant who was in Japan from Jan. 27 to Feb. 24.
The child, who was born in Japan but raised in Taiwan, went with his parents to Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture to visit relatives but was flagged down by screening officers upon his return to Taipei Songshan Airport because of a fever.
He was later diagnosed with the measles, the first imported case from Japan in nearly three years.
The child rode buses and visited supermarkets and department stores from Feb. 24 to March 1 and could have spread the disease, the CDC said.
Two other imported cases, a 5yearold Taiwanese girl and a 6yearold Russian boy, brought in the disease from Vietnam and Indonesia, respectively.
The patient from Indonesia arrived at Kaohsiung International Airport from Hong Kong on Feb. 23 on Mandarin Airlines flight AE986, Lo said.
The lone domestic case, an 8monthold baby girl, was initially thought to be infected with roseola or enterovirus, and only tested positive for the measles after her third diagnosis.
The source of the infection has yet to be determined because the girl went to many public places during the Lunar New Year holiday, Lo said.
Of the four patients, two remain quarantined at home, one is still being treated in a hospital, and the other has been discharged.
According to CDC statistics, 27 measles cases have been reported so far this year, of which 14 were domestic cases. The 13 imported cases were from Vietnam (6), the Philippines (5), Japan (1) and Indonesia (1).
Lo said Japan has reported 222 measles cases in the first seven weeks of the year, the highest for the period since 2009, with most of the cases occurring in Osaka.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel