16-month-old brings measles to ROC: CDC
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.