Taiwan records first case of German measles for 2018

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Taiwan records first case of German measles for 2018

Taipei, April 10 (CNA) An Indonesian migrant worker has been confirmed to be infected with German measles, which marks the first appearance of the virus in Taiwan this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.

The 38-year old man, who recently returned from a visit to his home country, is currently in quarantine, said Liu Ting-ping (劉定萍), director of the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center.

The man developed a fever, cough and rash on April 1-3, all symptoms of German measles, which is also known as rubella, Liu said.

In light of the fact that the man had visited Indonesia March 5-25, the CDC has categorized his infection as an imported case of German measles since the virus has an incubation period of two to three weeks, Liu said.

He said the CDC has been checking on all the people the man had made contact with between March 27 and April 10, but none of them have shown any symptoms of rubella so far.

According to CDC data, there were 14 cases of German measles in Taiwan from 2015 to 2017, nine of which were imported.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Kuan-lin Liu)

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