Diseases contracted from abroad increase: official
CNATAIPEI--Taiwanese traveling abroad this year have come home with 234 infections of notifiable infectious diseases contracted during their trips as of September, more than in the first nine months of any of the last three years, a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) official said yesterday.
September 22, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The most common disease was dengue fever, which makes up 52.6 percent of reported infections, followed by acute viral hepatitis A at 11.4 percent and bacillary dysentery at 10.5 percent, according to CDC Deputy Director Chuang Jen-hsiang.
Southeast Asia, for example, saw a particularly bad year in terms of mosquito-born diseases, while countries in the Middle East saw numerous reports of respiratory syndrome coronavirus, he said.
Anyone who comes down with a flu, respiratory syndrome or diarrhea while abroad should report their condition to inspection and quarantine officials at the airport when returning, he said.