CDC warns public of rising measles threat
June 15, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
TAIPEI--The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Saturday urged the public to take precautions against measles as Taiwan sees its 16th case of the viral infection so far this year.
A 24-year-old Taiwanese woman was confirmed to have been infected with measles on June 6 after she came into contact with a previous confirmed case, a 45-year-old Taiwanese woman who got infected in China, according to the CDC.
The latest case, also the second indigenous one Taiwan reported this year, could have gotten infected on May 24, when she and the 45-year-old woman shared the same waiting area to see a doctor, the CDC said.
However, none of the other 136 people who had come into contact with both cases have developed measles symptoms, the CDC said, adding that it will continue to monitor this group of people until June 25.
The agency called for alert amid higher instances of measles infections in neighboring countries than in previous years.
China, for instance, reported 35,677 measles cases during the first five months of 2014 — a 95 percent increase from last year.
Travelers to affected countries are advised to pay attention to personal hygiene and seek medical treatment if they develop symptoms, such as fever, nasal inflammation or rash, the CDC said.
The measles virus infects the respiratory system, immune system and skin. Symptoms usually occur seven to 14 days after exposure to an infected person.
Most people without immunity to the virus will catch it if they share living space with an infected person and come in contact with fluids from an infected person's nose and mouth, either directly or through the air. But widespread vaccination, especially at a young age, has made measles largely uncommon in developed countries.