16-month-old brings measles to ROC: CDC

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A 16-month-old Chi­nese boy trav­el­ing with his fam­ily in Tai­wan has been con­firmed as an im­ported case of measles, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC) said Mon­day.

Chou Jih haw, deputy CDC direc­tor- gen­eral, said the boy, his older brother and his par­ents were part of a tour group that ar­rived in Tai­wan June 2.

The boy de­vel­oped a fever June 1 and three days later de­vel­oped rashes be­hind his ears. The boy’s fa­ther, a pe­di­a­tri­cian, sus­pected his son to be suf­fer­ing from measles.

The leader of the group helped to get the boy taken in a spe­cial ve­hi­cle to a hos­pi­tal neg­a­tive pres­sure ward, where the di­ag­no­sis was con­firmed.

The CDC dis­cov­ered that 147 peo­ple have had con­tact with the boy, in­clud­ing his rel­a­tives and friends, pas­sen­gers on the plane, mem­bers of the tour group, ho­tel staff and med­i­cal per­son­nel, and other pa­tients in the hos­pi­tal.

The boy was dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal Mon­day af­ter it was con­firmed that he was no longer con­ta­gious.

He was ex­pected to leave Tai­wan with other mem­bers of the group the fol­low­ing day and the CDC will con­tinue to keep tabs on the 125 peo­ple still in Tai­wan who have had con­tact with the boy.

The CDC’s of­fi­cial web­site has pub­lished a list of the places the boy vis­ited in Tai­wan, in­clud­ing Yehliu, Sun Yat- sen Me­mo­rial Hall, the Taipei 101 sky­scraper and Sun Moon Lake.

Chou called on any­one who vis­ited th­ese lo­ca­tions at the same time as the boy to ex­er­cise self­health man­age­ment for 18 days. If they de­velop fever and a rash, they should wear masks and avoid us­ing public trans­porta­tion.

Mean­while, Chou said that a clus­ter measles in­fec­tion at a taxfree shop in Neihu Dis­trict, Taipei, has nearly ended. As of June 7, there were 19 con­firmed measles cases, with no new sus­pected cases re­ported since June 3.

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