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Taiwan sees seventeenth measles case of the year

TAIPEI--The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Friday reported the 17th case of measles in Taiwan this year and cautioned the public to take precautions to avoid the disease.

The CDC said that travelers to high-risk areas, including China, Vietnam and the Philippines, should mind personal hygiene after the latest infection of a 28-year-old Taiwanese man who returned from Hong Kong on June 3.

None of the 131 people who have been in contact with the man have developed measles symptoms, the CDC said, adding that it will continue monitoring those individuals through July 6.

The CDC called for alert amid higher instance of measles infections in neighboring countries than in previous years.

China reported 35,677 measles cases during the first five months of 2014 — a 95 percent increase from last year's number.

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.

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