CDC following up with 170 people after flight attendant measles case

By James Lo, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 疾病管制署) said Wednesday that an EVA Air flight attendant had contracted measles and that 170 individuals were now under monitoring as a result. The flight attendant, whose name was not released, worked in the Elite Class cabin crew of EVA Air’s Flight BR62 from Austria to Thailand on April 5 and 6, followed by Flight BR212 from Thailand to Taiwan on April 7. The person sought medical help Monday after developing symptoms on Saturday, the CDC said. It also stated that the individual had visited Singapore, Bangkok, Beijing and Hangzhou during the incubation period of the disease. CDC Deputy Director-General Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) said that 170 people onboard Flights BR62 and BR212 had been identified and were being kept in contact with. Those in closer contact with the patient, namely passengers and crew in the Elite Class cabin, should more closely monitor their health and report to the hospital immediately if any measles symptoms develop, Lo said. Of the 170, Lo said, 92 were Taiwanese nationals.

The CDC will continue checking in with the individuals until April 28, by which time any measles cases should have become apparent. Five cases of measles had been confirmed in Taiwan so far this year. All of them, including the EVA Air flight attendant’s, originated overseas, Lo said.