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Taipei reports year's 1st case of imported malaria

TAIPEI--Taipei recorded its first imported case of malaria this year in May, the city's Department of Health said in a statement yesterday.

The patient was a business traveler from India, who developed flu-like symptoms after he entered the country on May 15, said the department's Division for Disease Control and Prevention.

The man was quarantined and treated in the hospital and was discharged on May 28 after he made a full recovery, the division said in a statement. It was the fourth case of malaria in Taiwan this year, the department said.

From 2009 to 2011, Taiwan recorded 49 cases of malaria, according to data from the department.

Symptoms of malaria include fever, shivering, joint pains, vomiting, hemolytic anemia, jaundice, retinal damage and convulsions.

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