Taipei, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Thursday confirmed one new case of measles in Taiwan, saying the patient had contracted the infection at a hospital.
The 7monthold boy was at the emergency room of a hospital in central June 89, at the same time as a 1yearold girl who had measles, the CDC said.
The boy was taken back to the hospital Thursday after he developed a rash on June 21, and followup tests confirmed that he was infected with the same strain of measles as the girl, the CDC said.
The girl is believed to have contracted measles during a visit to Vietnam in March, according to the CDC.
So far, 510 people who had contact with the two children have been identified and will be monitored by health authorities through July 15, the CDC said said.
At the hospital, all personnel who have not been vaccinated against measles will be required to obtain the measlesmumpsrubella (MMR) vaccine, CDC Deputy DirectorGeneral Chuang Jenhsiang said.
So far this year, there have been 101 confirmed cases of measles in Taiwan 66 locally acquired and 35 imported, according to CDC data.
Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines are the top three sources of measles infections among Taiwanese, according to the CDC.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel