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Number of imported cases of measles in Taiwan rises

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Friday reported the 10th case of imported measles in Taiwan this year, indicating a higher rate of infection than in recent years.

A 1-year-old girl, who returned from Vietnam on April 18, was confirmed to be infected with measles, according to the CDC.

One of the 125 people who had come into contact with her have developed measles symptoms, the CDC said, adding that it will continue monitoring them until May 22.

The public should be on the alert as the number of measles cases in Taiwan so far this year has been higher than in previous years, the CDC warned.

According to CDC data, 12 cases of measles have been confirmed in Taiwan so far this year — 10 imported and two indigenous.

In comparison, only four imported cases were recorded in the same period last year, the data showed.

CDC officials said measles has been more prevalent in neighboring countries this year than in previous years, which could explain the higher number of cases in Taiwan so far.

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